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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Reissue edition (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An earnest and refreshing answer to the dollar driven soullessness of modern professional sports." -- People

About the Author

Phil Jackson is an American original. A two-time All-American at the University of North Dakota, in 1967 he was drafted by the New York Knicks, where he played for 11 years and was a member of the 1970 and 1973 championship teams. Jackson guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in his nine years as head coach from 1989-1998, and guided the LA Lakers to three titles as their head coach from 1999-2004.

Hugh Delehanty is the editor-in-chief of AARP publications, who has written about sports and psychology for Sports Illustrated, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and other publications. He lives with his wife, Barbara, in New York City.

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I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in a sports book that is more than just that.
TC: Transitional Clone
Still, an emphasis on unity, harmony and teamwork make great sense not only in sports, but in business, workplaces, and other challenging endeavors.
K.A.Goldberg
This book provides great insights on Phil Jackson's philosophy and some of the things he does with his teams.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carly Gleason on April 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have always been a huge fan of basketball, especially the Chicago Bulls. Being from Chicago I have always been a fan and the highlights and stories I've seen are just amazing. I am also a big fan of Phil Jackson, so I decided to read the book he wrote when he was a coach for the Bulls, "Sacred Hoops". Once I started; I just couldn't stop until I got to the end. "Sacred Hoops" is more than just a book about basketball, it's a book about life lessons that Phil Jackson has learned during the years he spent coaching the Bulls.

Although there are a lot of great spiritual lessons in the book anyone who reads it cannot help but be intrigued about the basketball part. Phil Jackson was a part of the Chicago Bulls organization while it was going through one of the greatest runs in all of NBA basketball. Between the years of 1990 and 1993, the Bulls won three straight NBA championship titles, making their mark in the basketball world forever. As many people know, this was the time that Michael Jordan was on the team and helped carry the team to the championship. The summer after the last championship, Jordan announced his retirement from the basketball world and shocked everyone. One year later, Jordan decided to come back to the league and from 1996 to1998 the bulls made a run for another 3-peat. Some argue that the Bulls became the best team ever in basketball. But, the team was nothing without a great coach.

Although winning was very important to Phil Jackson, he knew there were a lot more important things too. He took a lot of the knowledge he from his studies of different religions such as Buddhism, and incorporated them into the way he coached his teams.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sean J. Giorgianni on June 13, 2010
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If there were a Mount Rushmore of basketball coaches, Phil Jackson would have to be there (along with John Wooden, Dean Smith, and Wilbur Flatch). Phil Jackson is like tacos de tripa - either you like him or you don't; but unlike tacos made from the stomach of a cow, there's always something you can learn from him.

Here are 17 sentences from Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson that I think I like:

1. "... success comes from being awake, aware, and in tune with others."
2. For the raindrop, joy is entering the river - Ghalib
3. "One day my mother wasn't home when I returned from school and I got so frightened the rapture had started without me that I ran all over town looking for her."
4. "Lesson one: Don't let anger ... cloud the mind."
5. Lesson two: Awareness is everything."
6. Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth. - Thich Nhat Hanh
7. "Arguing isn't where faith is. That just feeds the ego. It's all in the doing."
8. "Awareness is the seed of compassion."
9. "My brothers and I ... dug my father's grave ..."
10. One of the most important qualities of a leader is listening without judgement, or with what Buddhists call bare attention.
11. If we rage and resist, our angry, fearful minds have trouble quieting down sufficiently to allow us to act in the most beneficial way for ourselves and others.
12. One of the most important qualities of a leader is listening without judgement.
13. Vision is the source of leadership.
14. The acceptance of boundaries and limits is the gateway to freedom.
15. One instant is eternity.
16. If you have a clear mind and an open heart, you won't have to search for direction. Direction will come to you.
17. When I understand that this glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious. Impermanence is a fundamental fact of life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lankhorst on January 3, 2007
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If you are into spiritual exploration and you love watching basketball then you will find this an amazing book. This book captures beatutifully how you can apply Zen Buddhist philosophies to daily life (although maybe coaching Michael Jordan is not ordinary daily life ...). Especially interesting if you want to understand how you can use Zen Buddhism to stimulate teamwork. Sacred Hoops gave me many ideas on which to reflect. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Novak on May 3, 2009
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Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson is an exhilarating story of Phil Jackson's life and life lessons. I am a high school student and I really enjoyed this book. I also play basketball and this book helped me stop and think about what my actions will be.

Mr. Jackson's main goals were to not only teach readers about his coaching career, but to teach them about Zen and Native American principles. The reader will be intrigued, as was I, with the Zen teachings. Phil Jackson was a Christian from Montana who became enlightened by Zen after being so stressed out. Phil accomplished his goals well in this book. Some people may be influenced enough by this book to go learn more about Zen that's how good this book is written.

How Sacred Hoops is written is one of its main strengths. It's very easy to read and it's hard to put down. Everything is explained to perfection. It's also not just for basketball fans. Anyone can read this book no matter what kind of books the reader is in to.

One negative about this book is the length. I would've liked it to be longer and have given me more information. Other than that small thing, the book was very good.

The one-star review of this book was about how Sacred Hoops is nonsense and that Phil Jackson's quotes will make you "laugh out loud". They also said that if Phil Jackson is an intellectual in the NBA, than the NBA is in trouble. The only thing relevant about that is that Phil Jackson wrote the book. Phil Jackson's quotes are very good and meaningful. This book is makes complete sense unlike what the one-star reviewer said.

Sacred Hoops is a very meaningful book about Phil Jackson's life and his own experiences with Zen. The reader doesn't have to have any prior knowledge of Zen or basketball to enjoy this book.
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