Mindgames: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey

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Mindgames follows the journey of Phil Jackson to the top of basketball's coaching hierarchy, a rise that took him from obscurity in the Continental Basketball Association to nine championship rings in the NBA. Along the way he turned multimillionaire players on to meditation, transformed the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls from a one-man show to a five-man team of domination, and after battling with Bulls management, ended one dynasty to start another on the West Coast.

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Mindgames follows the journey of Phil Jackson to the top of basketball's coaching hierarchy, a rise that took him from obscurity in the Continental Basketball Association to nine championship rings in the NBA. Along the way he turned multimillionaire players on to meditation, transformed the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls from a one-man show to a five-man team of domination, and after battling with Bulls management, ended one dynasty to start another on the West Coast.

Sportswriter Roland Lazenby, author of the bestselling Blood on the Horns, reveals the fascinating story of Jackson's life, from his years with the New York Knicks under the legendary Red Holzman to his remarkable nine championships coaching first the Chicago Bulls and then the Los Angeles Lakers. In Mindgames Lazenby compellingly portrays a man with a unique determination to control the competitive environment he inhabits. A clear picture of the Jackson mystique emerges: philosopher, teacher, manipulator, counselor, psychologist, shaman, champion, master of mind games.

About the Author:
Roland Lazenby is a sportswriter, an instructor of communications at Virginia Tech University

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Editorial Reviews

Gary Dretzka
A must for any serious student of professional basketball.
—Gary Dretzka, senior writer, Chicago Tribune
Jay Mariotti
A great read for Laker fans.
One On One Sports
Mike McGraw
a thorough account of his life and the 11 years he spent coaching in Chicago that should interest any serious Bulls fan.
(Chicago) Daily Herald
Chicago Tribune

“A must for any serious student of basketball.”—Gary Dretzka, Chicago Tribune

— Gary Dretzka

Chicago Tribune - Gary Dretzka

“A must for any serious student of basketball.”—Gary Dretzka, Chicago Tribune
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809297078
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Roland Lazenby

Roland Lazenby is a sportswriter, an instructor of communications at Virginia Tech University, and the author of numerous sports books, including Blood on the Horns: The Long Strange Ride of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls and The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     xi
Epiphanies     1
The Different Drummer     13
Son of the Northern Plains     41
Monkey Time     71
The Professional     83
The Assistant     111
Michael's Coach     145
Strange Days     181
The Hard Road     235
The Last Dance     281
The Middle Path     341
A Polite Coup     391
Californication     409
Index     441
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

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    Phil Jackson is one of the most complex figures in the history of American professional sports. Widely adored and held in the highest of esteem by fans in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and the world over, Jackson has built a career on finding success through a variety of unconventional approaches. Interpreting his actions and discerning his motives could easily prove a daunting task for any biographer. If anything redeems this effort, it is the insight offered by Tex Winter himself, who has granted me numerous candid interviews over the past half dozen seasons. Long known for his frankness about the high-priced stars he coaches, Winter has taken the same approach with his own boss. He admires Jackson yet never hesitates to criticize him. Jackson, for his part, seems to accept this criticism as part of his relationship with his mentor. In fact, the coach clearly relies on Winter's frankness, never mind that it frequently annoys him. 'Phil would like to control me,' Winter offered during an interview in February 2000. 'But he knows he can't.' Jackson has complained privately that I somehow duped Winter into providing inside detail for my 1998 book about the Bulls, 'Blood On The Horns.' Yet it was Jackson himself who volunteered most of the truly sensitive information during our interviews. It was Jackson who told me of the bathroom battles between Michael Jordan and Bulls VP Jerry Krause. And it was Jackson who revealed Scottie Pippen's drunken verbal assault on Krause on a team bus in Seattle that year. I've interviewed Jackson several times over the years and have always found him to be forthcoming about events, even when the information he provides casts himself in a negative light. By no means is this an authorized biography. As much as Jackson would prefer that I not write it, he has taken no steps to restrict my access to his team or to people who might provide information about him. As a result, Winter has offered some refreshing insight into a complicated figure. I have also drawn heavily on Jackson's own published works, especially his first autobiography, 'Maverick, More Than A Game,' a rawer, more daring account of his early life than his 1995 title 'Sacred Hoops' provided. Beyond Winter and Jackson's own works, my effort was aided immensely by a host of interviews and published material. When all was said and done, Tex Winter read the manuscript and declared that it was excellent. Tough but excellen

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