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The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul Paperback – October 4, 2005
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Phil opens up on the behind the scenes squabbles, pettiness and egos so large they simply defy explanation. In one example, Kobe Bryant is offered the use of a plane by the Lakers to make his trips back to a Colorado courtroom for his alleged rape trial, and instead of being grateful for the support his team is giving him financially, is mad because he thought he deserved a bigger plane.
The book is full of the insights into the battles between Kobe and Shaq. Imagine two first graders with 100 million dollars each and you start to get close to the level of professionalism and emotional maturity. It is often funny, often sad, and usually just shocking.
The book is written very well, a breeze to read through, and a fascinating tale of psychological narcissism gone wild. I recommend highly for fans of the NBA, or just anyone who is interested in team dynamics. It will also explain why the Lakers got beat so easily by a team with far less talent. A lesson to leaders in organizations everywhere.
Former Coach Phil Jackson let's loose both barrels squarely aimed at troubled star Kobe Bryant.
He details the pettiness involved in the constant battles with Shaq and Kobe. About how Kobe complained about the quality of the jet which flew Kobe from his courtroom appearances in Colorado back to LA.
Phil documents how he had wanted to trade Kobe as long ago as the 2000 season but was denied by Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, in whose eyes Kobe can do no wrong.
Phil documents how he comlained to GM Mitch Kupchack that he could no longer coach Kobe but his hands were tied and it was at that point that Phil knew he would not return for the 2004-2005 season.
Ultimately the house of cards came crumbling down in the NBA finals against the Detroit Pistons. Another person argued that the Pistons were not as talented...a fact that I whole-heartedly disagree with.
The Lakers certainly had the two best players...but the best TEAM was the Pistons. A team that worked harder, and a team with underrated but up and coming stars that was too quick, too resilient for the aging Lakers to deal with.
Quite a read!
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Maybe this is not the best book concerned basketball in a history of sport's journalism but this is very interesting diary of Phil JACKSON concerned NBA season 2002/03 and a LAKERS... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DARIUSZ WYSPIANSKI
We purchased this book for my son as for his 13th birthday. We did nkt realize he had already read it. He said it's an excellent book and a must read.Published 16 months ago by C. Baker
I have always had a certain amount of fascination and awe of athletes who were performing at the highest levels. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tasawuf
Too much self aggrandizement. Too few interesting stories. And this from someone who is someone who is a fan of Phil Jackson. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ROYGBIV