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Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers Hardcover – November 3, 2010
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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.
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.
To cleanse the palate, Bernstein also exhibits photos of our guys captured in their more private moments, whether it's Phil cooking Thanksgiving dinner or Artest playing football on the beach or Lamar either chillin' out by the pool or sitting in an abandoned hallway, trying to get away from the media before a game. 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. Sometimes, you get more out of gazing at Kobe caught in deep reflection or at Bynum hunched in his chair with his knee brace telling a story of unmet potential. Bernstein's classy black & white photography presents a lush and vibrant tone, lends more texture, looks more powerful. Apparently, some of these photos were originally in color, but were converted to black & white. I'm not a photographer so I can't talk much about composition and lighting and film exposure and such. I'll say, instead, that Bernstein accomplishes what he set out to do.Read more ›
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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.Published on January 9, 2013 by Norma L. Tarango
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.Published on January 18, 2011 by Sigurãur Einar Einarsson
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. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by James Callahan
Standing on its own as a photography book, this is an exquisite piece of work. As a document of a journey it resonates even more deeply, and the fact that its central theme is... Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by blue_violin
Long considered the best in the business, NBA senior photographer Andy Bernstein offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse, where no other photographer is allowed to go. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Statman