Mindgames: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey

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Overview


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.
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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803259980
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 677,154
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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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