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Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Time Capsule Press, LLC (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982324227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982324226
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 11.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phil Jackson, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, has won more NBA titles than any coach and has more playoff victories than any coach in any major professional sport in the United States. In any discussion of the NBA's all-time best coach, JacksonAEs silent advocates are the facts: architect of eleven of the NBA's last twenty champions, holder of the all-time highest winning percentage during the regular season (.705) and playoffs (.697), fastest to 1,000 coaching victories, first coach to win three consecutive titles three times. When winning Game 1 of any playoff series, best-of-five or best-of-seven, Jackson's teams are 48-0. Andrew D. Bernstein, senior director of NBA Photos, joined the NBA in 1983 and has been its senior photographer since the position was created in 1986. In his twenty-eight years with the league, Bernstein has shot every NBA Finals since 1983, covering more championship series games than any photographer.

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Standing on its own as a photography book, this is an exquisite piece of work.
blue_violin
If you're a basketball fan, a Laker fan, or if you just want to get more than a passing glimpse behind the curtain, see the stellar photography in this book.
Brent Andrew
And, really, the photos that depict the team not in action but instead in repose, those photos are what lends this book its grounding and heft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yun Seok Oh on December 31, 2010
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Those looking for groundbreaking insight will obviously be disappointed as this is a commemorative book with pictures that are, quite frankly, average quality. It's black and white but does not quite have that 'feel' to it as it has obviously been transferred from color digital files. I know nobody uses film anymore, but as an avid photographer myself I'd much rather see pictures in color when it's taken in color, especially when your team is purple and gold. Granted purple is a difficult color to depict with digital cameras, but it's not a book about championships decades ago but 2010, and it just doesn't do any good to have them in black and white.

The pictures are mostly snapshots, non-descript most of the time not really capturing many significant or impressive moments. It does have a candid, rough sketch type of quality to it that you would appreciate when you find it in a blog, but you expect more from a hardcover. Often some of the pictures are lazy shots, taken with little thought about composition (they are snaps) using wide angles just to cram everything in.

Phil Jackson supplies the text to the pictures, and some are insightful, some are laced with typical PJ barbs, but mostly they are rather bland, mostly praising teammates.

All in all, it is just what it is: a commemorative note-book of a championship team.

You buy it if you want to own a bit of the championship and if you are a fan of the franchise. For any other reason, pass.
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I took a chance and purchased this book for my grandson. He just couldn't thank me enough on his last visit for getting him this book.
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On a more personal level comes "Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers" which features the photography of Andrew Bernstein and text by Phil Jackson. Clearly a labor of love, Jackson and Bernstein capture a single championship season in the world of this world famous sports dynasty. What sets this book apart from most other books about teams, is the behind-the-scenes access granted photographer Bernstein and the away from the action commentary by Jackson.
As the dominant NBA team of the last two decades, the Lakers can sometimes be viewed as larger than life, but "Journey" serves to show them as real people, with real dedication to the game, not just on the court, but for what appears to be nearly every waking minute during the season. Bernstein's use of black and white throughout gives the book a very documentary feel, while the amount of off court coverage - from busses to planes to workouts to fan interaction - demonstrates that the life of a player is much more than you see on TV.
In the end, the book is a story. A story of a group of people who look out for one another and dedicate their every move to the pursuit of the common goal. The fact that they achieved their 10th NBA title under their current ownership only serves to make the story have its big payoff at the end. Something that was not a sure thing at the outset, but for Bernstein in particular, (Jackson's had his share) certainly a welcome relief.
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i just love this book. It is about the journey to the ring and to see the behind stuff of the Lakers is great and you understand the work a litle better.
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I am a Phil Jackson fan and have read most of his books. This book is full of good photographs recording the daily life of the team. I think of it as a valuable record of the season and something that I enjoy browsing from time to time. However, the text is mainly descriptive of the photos and not particularly revealing of the team's personality, stuggles, or Phil's coaching.
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