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Of course, Jackson--part shaman, part shrink, part mentor, part guide--has found some fascinating ways to strengthen his own, including LSD, meditation, Zen, Native American culture, William James's Varieties of Religious Experience, and the Grateful Dead. They are as much a part of Jackson's evolving core as pounding the offensive boards with the Knicks and warring with Bulls' management. If some of it seems contradictory, it is those very contradictions--more than the seven championship rings as a coach and two as a player--that make Jackson so interesting; they have helped him reshape and redefine the job. "Somehow," writes Lazenby, "Jackson has managed the very difficult feat of blending fun and discipline and spiritual exploration for his teams, sort of like combining a trip to the dentist with a carnival ride." No other coach has learned to walk that delicate balance so gracefully. But then, balance is Jackson's operating metaphor: keeping himself--and his teams--in balance while keeping opponents off theirs.
In Mindgames, Lazenby puts together a smart, solidly reported, and balanced portrait of a Zen master with a dark, driven side. He respects Jackson enough to not whitewash him. After all, innovators have a way of stepping on toes, and in basketball, the shoes, like the personalities, tend to be oversized. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Because of the title and subtitle, I was hoping for an in depth analysis of Phil Jackson and how he did what he did as a coach and individual. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Joe Grant
Difficult to rate this book as it's very well written and interesting to read, but the title is misleading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Piotr W.
Anything Phil Jackson is a must read for sports enthusiasts.Published 4 months ago by Andrew Makepeace
If you know anything about Phil Jackson, you're a fan.
He is so smart and tells wonderful storys.
I wish Phil would run for President!
This is a very interesting account of Phil Jackson's use of zen philosophy on the court. He's a riveting character and the book does a great job of fleshing him out. Read morePublished 20 months ago by BermudaDog
I really enjoy NBA basketball and I have watched DVDs of a number of the Bull's and Michael Jordan's great games of the 90s, but my knowledge of the game and players is fairly... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by William R. Drake
This is a good book. I like Spiritual Hoops a little better even though Mind Games has 11 years more current information. Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by Dennis Herlong