Editorial Reviews. venxilinapsee.tk Review. An inside look at the higher wisdom of teamwork from Chicago Bulls' head coach Phil Jackson. At the heart of the book. veteran coach Phil Jackson had again brought a team, the Los pels one to revisit Jackson's explanation of leadership in Sacred Hoops. Phil summed up his approach in Eleven Rings, the bestselling follow-up to Sacred. Hoops: “When a player isn't media etc push,” Phil explained in Sacred.
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Taoist Sacred Hoops - Phil Jackson. The triangle offense is best described, as five-man Tai Chi. The basic idea is to orchestrate the flow of movement in order to . Sacred hoops: spiritual lessons of a hardwood warrior by Jackson, Phil.; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Chicago Bulls (Basketball team). Phil Jackson, Sacred Hoops. Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson—by percentage ) the winningest coach in NBA history—is renowned for his ability to.
He also played football , was a pitcher on the baseball team, and threw the discus in track and field competitions. Their notes found their way to future NBA coach Bill Fitch , who had previously coached baseball, and had been doing some scouting for the Atlanta Braves.
Fitch took over as head basketball coach at the University of North Dakota in the spring of , during Jackson's junior year of high school. Both years, they were beaten by the Southern Illinois Salukis. While he was a good all-around athlete, with unusually long arms, he was limited offensively and compensated with intelligence and hard work on defense. He was a top reserve on the Knicks team that won the NBA title in Jackson did not play during New York's —70 championship season due to spinal fusion surgery; however, he authored a book entitled Take It All, a photo diary of the Knicks' championship run.
Soon after the title, several key starters retired, creating an opening for Jackson in the starting lineup. While in the CBA, he won his first coaching championship, leading the Albany Patroons to their first title in He regularly sought NBA jobs, but was turned down. Jackson had acquired a reputation for being sympathetic to the counterculture during his playing years, which may have scared off potential NBA employers.
He was promoted to head coach in It was around this time that he met Tex Winter and became a devotee of Winter's triangle offense. The "three-peat" was the first since the Boston Celtics won eight titles in a row from through Michael Jordan left and Phil Jackson Jackson and the Bulls made the playoffs every year, and failed to win the title only three times.
Michael Jordan 's first retirement after the — season marked the end of the first "three-peat", and although Jordan returned just before the playoffs , it was not enough to prevent a playoff elimination by the Orlando Magic. Some believed that Krause felt under-recognized for building a championship team and believed that Jackson was indebted to him for giving him his first NBA coaching job. In the summer of , Jackson was not invited to the wedding of Krause's stepdaughter, although all of the Bulls' assistant coaches were, as was Tim Floyd , then head coach at Iowa State , Jackson's eventual successor.
Krause announced the signing by emphasizing that Jackson would not be rehired even if the Bulls won the —98 title. Jackson then told Krause that he seemed to be rooting for the other side, to which Krause responded, "I don't care if it's and-0 this year, you're fucking gone.
After the Bulls' final title of the Jordan era in , Jackson left the team vowing never to coach again. Los Angeles Lakers — [ edit ] Jackson took over a talented Lakers team and immediately produced results as he did in Chicago. In his first year in Los Angeles, the Lakers went 67—15 during the regular season to top the league. Reaching the conference finals, they dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers in a tough seven-game series and then won the NBA championship by beating the Indiana Pacers. The main serious challenge the Lakers faced was from their conference rival, the Sacramento Kings.
Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers However, injuries, weak bench play, and full-blown public tension between Bryant and O'Neal slowed the team down, and they were beaten in the second round of the NBA Playoffs by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs. Afterward, Jackson clashed frequently with Bryant. While remarkably efficient in Jackson's " triangle offense ", Bryant had a personal distaste for Jackson's brand of basketball and subsequently called it "boring".
In games, Bryant would often disregard the set offense completely to experiment with his own one-on-one moves, infuriating the normally calm Jackson. Bryant managed to test Jackson's patience enough that the "Zen Master" even demanded that Bryant be traded, although Laker management rejected the request. But from the first day of training camp, the Lakers were beset by distractions.
Bryant's trial for alleged sexual assault , continued public sniping between O'Neal and Bryant, and repeated disputes between Jackson and Bryant all affected the team during the season. Despite these distractions, the Lakers beat the defending champion Spurs en route to advancing to the NBA Finals and were heavy favorites to regain the title. However, they were upset by the Detroit Pistons , who used their strong defense to dominate the Lakers, winning the title four games to one.
On June 18, , three days after the loss to the Pistons, the Lakers announced that Jackson would leave his position as Lakers coach. He had a contract offer outstanding from the Lakers, but he had not acted on it. Jerry Buss reportedly sided with Bryant. Jackson, Bryant and Buss all denied that Bryant had made any explicit demand regarding Jackson.
However, O'Neal, upon hearing General Manager Mitch Kupchak 's announcement of the team's willingness to trade O'Neal and its intention to keep Bryant, indicated that he felt the franchise was indeed pandering to Bryant's wishes with the departure of Jackson.
O'Neal's trade to the Miami Heat was the end of the "Trifecta" that had led the Lakers to three championship titles. That fall, Jackson released The Last Season , a book which describes his point of view of the tensions that surrounded the —04 Lakers team.
The book was pointedly critical of Kobe Bryant. Without Jackson and O'Neal the Lakers were forced to become a faster paced team on the court.
Though they achieved some success in the first half of the season, injuries to several players including Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom forced the team out of contention, going 34—48 in —05 and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
And not just in the playoffs, but in every game. Jackson doesn't mention the great American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, but the two have similar ideas. When Emerson wrote, "In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, -- no disgrace, no calamity leaving me my eyes , which nature cannot repair.
Standing on the bare ground, -- my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, -- all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and parcel of God," he is describing an experience very similar to the mindfulness Jackson describes.
And when Emerson the Preacher implores us to "Pray without ceasing" he sounds like Jackson, the Preacher's son, describing all of life as a "spiritual quest. For academic philosophers now mainly devote themselves in the US to idle debate about syntax, or in Europe toward metaphysical obfuscation.
What's clear is that most of them have less to say about the meaning of life than Al Davis, who at least has a clear idea of how life should be lived. So Jackson has more to offer than most academics. He reminds us that real philosophy is not idle speculation, clever sophistry or pale ratiocination--it is essential to living a full and successful life.
Philosophy is a necessity, not a luxury. And even those who despise philosophy, are really prisoners of some philosopher's ideas, without realizing it--perhaps the religious Thomas Aquinas, or the atheist Hobbes.
So anyone who enjoys basketball, and who marveled at the success of Jackson's Bulls in the 's and Lakers in more recent years, would do well to read this book. It is full of insights about basketball and about life. View all 3 comments. Fans of the Championship Bulls Teams.
Recommended to ba by: I've read better books about the glory years of the Chicago Bulls. I've read better books about Zen and other non-western styles of thought. I've read better books in general.
However, I quite enjoyed reading this. It's a fast read, and very simply written, yet there's a lot to think about. It's easier to take it seriously if you pretend that Phil Jackson died when he left The Bulls rather than ditching his wife and family to babysit a bunch of date-rapists in L.
View all 5 comments. May 12, Tessa Fusilero rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of good qualities and I learned many lessons. One quality of the book that I liked was how well it combined religion and basketball. He did not just talk about basketball he talked about religion. He combined the two together and made them like they were one topic. For example, he tells us about his down times without Jordan when he left to play baseball, but he also spoke about all of the championships they won together.
The last qualities that I enjoyed in this book was how inspirational it was. It was almost like you were being spoken to by a motivational speaker. He included different quotes and stories about himself and his players that got themselves to where they are today. He was talking about the ups and downs of the game.
Other reviewers also had opinions on the book. Phil really cared about his team and made sure that they worked together and that they all had a role on the team and knew what it was. He focused on making his team be as wholesome as possible and for them to not only be good players, but good people.
He would make the players do Zen meditation or activities like that. The players at first thought it was goofy, but some later learned to appreciate it. I recommend this book to people who like both religion processes and basketball. Nov 27, Jmorgan rated it really liked it. I thought that this book was very inspirational and encouraging.
Phil Jackson was raised in a Christian household just like me, so off the bat, I felt like I had a connection with his story.
One of my favorite parts of this book was the religious standpoint. Phil Jackson showed a perfect example of how to bring religion into your everyday life. Jackson was Christian and zen. But somehow Phil Jackson managed to bring the idea of zen, into the game of basketball. He explains how you have to be focused on everything and everybody in that play at the same time, and practicing zen helps with that. Now the pros and cons of the book. The first perk is that you learn a lot about the game of basketball.
There are a lot of life lessons he teaches you along the way that could help you if you are a basketball player or not. Secondly, you will learn a lot about religion. On top of Zen being a religion, there are a lot of health benefits of meditation.
Some of the gains of reflection include: Lastly, I like the structure. This book had long chapters, but within them were headings. I thought that this was very helpful to the reader. If you are only interested in basketball and his teachings, you can skip the parts of the book that talk about Zen and religion, or visa versa.
In my opinion, the first con of this book is the pacing. I thought that the book was a little bit slow. Sometimes Jackson drags on some of the stories that he tells, which caused some boredom for me.
Another review that comes from the name of Michael says a significant quote from the book. I believe in living in the moment and going with the flow. If you are entirely focused on the task at hand every day, you will succeed. But, if you are worried about a test that is coming up or something you have to do later that day, you will not be focused. Overall, I thought that this book was informative.
I recommend this book to anyone of inspiration and athletes. May 29, Tommy McGreevy rated it really liked it. This book was very good. I really like the way it was written, and I loved all of the lessons and teachings that are shown the Phil Jackson taught to his team. Phil jackson was a very philosophical person and learned amazing things in his life, and he passed these amazing ideas and teachings to his players and us through this book.
I have nothing bad to say about this book and would greatly recommend it to anyone who likes anything philosophy, basketball, or cared little to none about each. It i This book was very good.
It is an amazing book and I would recommend it to all. Nov 30, David rated it really liked it. I loved this, and I haven't a clue about Basketball. A book about spirituality and zen, the power of being in the moment and what we can achieve as a collective rather than as an individual. Strong link games vs weak link games and where we fit in. Useful lessons for work and for the soul, highly recommended.
Feb 21, Jonah Ogunsanya rated it really liked it. Whether one is believes in Zen meditation or not, it is easy to agree that Sacred Hoops is an excellent story on one simple mans journey form humble church-goer to time NBA championship head coach.
Phil Jackson's autobiography teaches one with a conflicted mind to clear their head, and move past roadblocks. This book begins with Jackson in his mid-teens. His family has been forcing him to study the Catholic religion for years now, and Phil is beginning to disagree with some terms the religion Whether one is believes in Zen meditation or not, it is easy to agree that Sacred Hoops is an excellent story on one simple mans journey form humble church-goer to time NBA championship head coach.
His family has been forcing him to study the Catholic religion for years now, and Phil is beginning to disagree with some terms the religion contains. He becomes a rebel. He listens to Rock and Roll, gets a car without consent, goes to parties, and creates a separation between him and his parents that is never fixed.
This affects his performance in his career of basketball, and he uses zen meditation to come to peace with his mind, and later on his players. The way Phil Jackson illustrates his story really captivates the reader, and even encourages one to practice zen on their own.
While this book has many positives, there are some downfalls to the book. Jackson can be very repetitive when referring to Michael Jordan and the Bulls. He seems to be retelling the same story on how he created a bond within the team, and can somewhat dull the readers mind. Jackson also assumes that the reader is Christian, as he refers to Jesus and God throughout the book, disregarding other religions. Other than those two setbacks, Phil Jackson's Sacred Hoops is an excellent read, and gets a four out of five stars from yours truly.
Oct 15, Susan rated it really liked it. But that got me poking around for more books of those players and teams, and somehow I landed on Phil Jackson's book. Jackson was a player on the Knicks back in the day, and then coached the Chicago Bulls during the years of Michael Jordan's meteoric return to the game and the Bulls' taking the NBA championship.
But what made this book really neat is that it wasn't so much a book about basketball, or about the particular players that he worked with, either as a player or as a coach.
It was about how to deal with life's challenges, how to work in and as a team, how to figure out your priorities, and how to achieve your goals when the world is pushing on you in all kinds of ways.
Or at least, how he walked himself and a really headstrong group of high-profile, strong personality basketball players through all that. He tells the story well. You can read it as a story, or you can read it as a lesson for life.
Your choice. But for a random find located by poking through book review and following names and titles around, this was a really great read.
May 28, Peter Velic rated it it was amazing. They knew that their odds of winning the next championship fell off a cliff. They had little to no energy for the next season without their leader. However, Jackson and the Bulls almost went to the finals again, but lost a heartbreaking series to the Knicks. How the heck did Jackson do this?
Now time for the full review. Somehow, Phil Jackson went on to win 13 championsh Pg. Somehow, Phil Jackson went on to win 13 championships in his career and 11 as a coach.
Although he was given greatness twice, he was able to maintain this greatness by being a great, passive coach. He understood that by using zen and Lakota Sioux, he could teach his players a new way to see the game.
This helped all of his teams remain calm collected, and always ready for games. Regardless of attitudes or egos, Jackson was able to teach these techniques to almost everyone he coached. He takes us through his time as a coach in Puerto Rico and Albany, learning how to reach players despite differences.
Overall, this book teaches you a new way to see life: Sep 16, Grant Whitebloom rated it liked it. I thought this book was interesting and enlightening, but it was not really what I thought it was going to be. While I initially had the idea that Spiritual Hoops was going to have lots of player stories and inside notes from the famous Phil Jackson, I found that it was a lot deeper than that. Jackson talked about his Zen Buddhist religion quite a bit throughout the story, and at points I felt it was too much.
However, the book did provide lots of good lessons that can be applied not only to bas I thought this book was interesting and enlightening, but it was not really what I thought it was going to be.
However, the book did provide lots of good lessons that can be applied not only to basketball, but to life as well. As the story went on, I liked Jackson more and more because of how he was not just a great coach but a great person as well.
I gave this book three out of five stars because it was fascinating at the parts when Jackson talked about basketball, but I lost interest when Jackson talked about his religion. Ultimately, while this was a good-book, I would not consider it a must-read for anyone. View all 6 comments. Jun 14, Wilte rated it liked it. Mix of sports writing, Lakota Sioux, Zen and Christian insights and reflections. Jackson describes the different basketball championships he won with the Chicago Bulls.
Funny quote on a meta-level: The answer is: My approach to problem-solving is the same as my approach to the game. When a problem arises, I try to read the situation as accurately as possible and respond spontaneously to whatever's ha Mix of sports writing, Lakota Sioux, Zen and Christian insights and reflections. When a problem arises, I try to read the situation as accurately as possible and respond spontaneously to whatever's happening.
I rarely try to apply someone else's ideas to the problem -something I've read in a book, for instance- because that would keep me from tuning in and discovering a fresh, orginal solution, the most skillful means.
May 22, Vita Watson rated it liked it. In this book Phil Jackson explains to readers his coaching methods in sports and his beliefs throughout his life. I loved the spiritual element he added into coaching and being part of a team. I also really liked how he didn't focus on one religion, but took ideas from multiple and lived off of those, allowing him to grow and help others grow too. The book was a little boring at times, but some stories he told were incredible.
The lessons you learn in this book are to be selfless and accepting, In this book Phil Jackson explains to readers his coaching methods in sports and his beliefs throughout his life.
The lessons you learn in this book are to be selfless and accepting, which is a big reason why I really enjoyed this book, and the fact that he incorporated stories about basketball and baseball into it.
Apr 14, Murray rated it really liked it Shelves: A special book for me; a readable book on sport and one that does manage to combine the pragmatic with the spiritual. I was given this book by a dear American friend who trained me in his approach to executive coaching and leadership. His death way out of time a year later has made this all the more precious.
Sports Book Review: Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson
The back cover talks of the higher wisdom of teamwork employed by the head coach of the Chicago Bulls basketball team, Phil Jackson. He has a fresh and refreshing look at leadership issues A special book for me; a readable book on sport and one that does manage to combine the pragmatic with the spiritual. He has a fresh and refreshing look at leadership issues in sport, and one that is not "win at all costs".
Jul 18, Adi Alsaid rated it it was ok. Picked this up in preparation for my coaching job. Although he's clearly an intelligent man of many ideas and a deep understanding of the game, the book is disjointed, repetitive and doesn't seem to follow any real logical or even thematic progression. He doesn't elaborate when it would be interesting for him to do so and he repeats himself without adding any new insights too often. While it has set some sort of foundation on what I would want to do as a basketball coach, it wasn't exactly what I Picked this up in preparation for my coaching job.
While it has set some sort of foundation on what I would want to do as a basketball coach, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, nor was it a particularly good read. Aug 23, Wayne rated it really liked it. Phil Jackson is a legendary coach in the NBA. This book is not just for sports minded people. This book is for people who want to be the best they can b, starting from a beautiful place and finishing with ones humility in tact.
I read it again and again. Feb 09, Calvin Foun rated it it was amazing. I thought that Phil Jackson gave a lot of interesting philosophical ways to think about basketball.
Since I love basketball, I loved reading about how to play the best team basketball and about Michael Jordan and the Bulls. It taught me about what the NBA was like before I started watching basketball. Sep 10, Garrett Bolen rated it liked it. I would say that this book should be read by any gender because it displays a universal lesson that teamwork, hard work, and dedication can achieve tremendous success.
I would rate this a 5 out of 5. I would recommend this novel to any person regardless of gender who love basketball and sports in general. Nov 01, Nathaniel rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Written back in '95, this book actually describe Phil's life and basketball career up to the middle of his second three-peat with the bulls. I lived in Chicago back then, so I really enjoyed being transposed back to that era once again.
Spoiler alert!!! Phil Jackson is a genius. Jan 01, Lou Gaglia rated it it was amazing. Enjoyed this book very much all the way through. Particularly liked reading about the Bulls. As a Knicks fan, I "hated" them, but they were a great team. Total respect. Mar 02, Owen Howard rated it it was amazing. He got to coach the Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players of all time.
In , he got divorced, he said it was his all time low. He rented an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and met a man named Hakim. Hakim owned all the apartments in his lot, they soon became close friends. Hakim was a muslim, he wanted to find happiness, so he chose to be religious.
He said that when every time his life fell apart, he found newfound freedom in praying. Phil tried to do the same thing when his life was the same. When Phil Jackson became head coach of the Bulls in , they had won 3 championships. Michael was the heart and soul of the team, and they really needed him. When he retired the first time in , the whole world was in shock.
Was baseball the right choice? He then announced that he was coming back to play basketball. When he first told Phil that he wanted to come back to the Bulls, Phil was in shock. Not only him, but the whole world was very excited to see him play again.
When the team saw how good Michael was, they were scared to ask for the ball. In the first game Michael played in since he retired, Steve Kerr, his teammate was scared to ask for the ball, he was wide open when Michael had it. He said he would Michael would probably make it anyway. Also to add onto the greatness of Michael, he won every honor imaginable.
Phil was lucky to coach such a great player, he went down to be one of the greatest coaches of all time.His parent's strict parenting style made him a fierce competitor on the playing field that ultimately lead him to be a professional athlete.
Jerry Buss reportedly sided with Bryant. Philosophy is a necessity, not a luxury. May 30, Michael Samataro rated it liked it. When I was reading this book i could visualize his problems and I could visualize Michael Jordan and the game of basketball.
I believe basketball came from outside sources or shamans, no from James Naismith as is written. The ability to free one's mind from clutter, to cease worrying about what happened before or what might happen in the future, and instead to focus attentively on what one is doing now is crucial to success.
DPReview Digital Photography. He focused on making his team be as wholesome as possible and for them to not only be good players, but good people.
His book offers a unique look at the bizarre tactics he used to build a winning formula as a basketball coach as well in his own life exploration.
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