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More Than a Game [Hardcover]

Phil Jackson , Charley Rosen
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5 July 2001
More than a Game is the odyssey of Jackson's journey—from New York Knick and world champion, to CBA coach, to six-time Chicago Bulls world champion, to this year's L.A. Lakers world champion—and the lessons in leadership he learned each step of the way. It is the tale of Rosen's journey as well, carrying the torch for the game of basketball through careers as star college player, CBA coach, and preeminent novelist of the game. It is also the story of the system jackson coaches, the powertriangle, as put forth by Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter. The triangle can be understood as a philosophy of basketball and life—one that values role players almost as much as star players, and where fundamentals rule. More Than a Game is also a story of the friendship between Jackson and Rosen, forged in the sacred brotherhood of the hoop.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.; Seven Stories Press 1st Ed edition (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583220607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583220603
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When he coached the Chicago Bulls, Phil Jackson's game plan was to create a secure yet open environment that could develop the character and chemistry of his players. Read the first page
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Basketball legend 25 April 2001
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This book is a must read for fans of Basketball especially the period when the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan where top of the tree. This book gives a great insight into the great coach and his unique approach to coaching a team of highly paid and on the whole talented individuals, who to the point that Phil Jackson took over, had under achieved.
It goes from Phil Jackson's relgious upbringing to his time as a player and then as a coach and how all of these elements made him the best coach of his period in the NBA with a team that broke record after record. But I think the biggest insight is the relationship that he developed with Michael Jordan, and the development of the Chicago Bulls triangle offence.
Under this somewhat unique coaching methodology they became without dout the best basketball team in the history of the game and etsablished Michael Jordan as the best player of this game ever with a fantastic supporting cast including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc and Ron Harper.
This book will not be to everyones liking but as a fan of this era in American sport it is a must read and to get the complete picture then you should try Dennis Rodman's "Bad as I wanna be" and Daivd Halberstrom's "Michael Jordan and the World he created". Each book gives a different view point on the same story that ended with Jackson leaving the Bulls and Michael Jordan retiring and the break up of this once great and proud sporting franchise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More than a game 30 May 2013
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Insightful....but vague at times also....still a good read....a lot of the jargon lost me at times, but was fine once I saw the glossary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lakers fans will like it, Bulls fans will be disappointed 23 July 2001
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This is a good book to read, but I wouldn't consider it a complete autobiography of Phil Jackson. This book primarily covers the 1999-2000 season where Phil coached the Lakers to their first title since '88. There is very little about his tenure with the Bulls which is why I say that Bulls fans will be disappointed when they read it. And then it switches over from Charley Rosen writing to Phil writing and back and forth. On the positive for Lakers fans, Phil goes into great detail on how he brought a dysfunctional Laker team together and took them to the promised land.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book ROCKS 27 Mar 2001
By MoneyB - Published on
Wow. I just finished reading "More Than A Game" and loved every damn page of it. I initially bought this book simply because I am a huge Jackson fan, but I ended up enjoying Charley Rosen's chapters just as much. I will definitely be reading more of his work in the future as a result of reading this book. This is an insightful, funny book that is very difficult to put down.
Taking a look at their love for the game of basketball, Jackson and Rosen do an excellent job of showing the importance of finding beauty, selflessness, and transcendence in any job that one may have. They are very candid in their writing, which I appreciated as a reader. The book also contains a glossary and charts which explain the different plays and systems they describe in the book - including Tex Winter's triangle offense. For someone who has never coached a team, these made all the difference in the world to me as I read the book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Period. This book is about so much more than basketball, which I suppose is what makes the title so fitting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than a Game by Phil Jackson and Charlie Rosen 14 Mar 2005
By Kyle - Published on
More than a Game is one of those books that is entertaining and interesting, but only applies to a certain type of people. Coaches and basketball enthusiasts will enjoy this book, but you should pass if you don't particularly like the sport of basketball. Phil Jackson, former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, gives insight into the strategic world of basketball, from the past to the present. Charlie Rosen, a former college player, coauthors the book. However, More than a Game is focused more on Phil Jackson. The book shows the background of two talented, intelligent basketball players from different regions-- Charlie from the city, and Phil from the country. They mesh perfectly as a dynamic duo. This book also gives insight to the formation of the Triangle offense, something that has perplexed the basketball audience for years. This is a great read for anyone who followed the Chicago Bulls and/or Los Angeles Lakers championship years. The glossary and play diagrams at the end of the book are helpful and descriptive. A minor basketball fan could understand the book, but only a coach or basketball intellectual could truly enjoy it. More than a Game is a good book if you enjoy basketball and admire the genius of Phil Jackson, but like I said, it's not for everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Approach, But What Would You Expect 6 Mar 2001
By Roland Lazenby - Published on
This book alternates between sections written from the differing perspectives of Phil Jackson and co-author Charley Rosen. Phil offers up his trademark candor about his teams and personal life, and Rosen produces what he always has: nicely written revelations about a range of topics that have intersected Jackson's life, from the CBA to longtime assistant coach Tex Winter. Roland Lazenby, author of Mindgames, Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great book is in there somewhere 22 April 2001
By C. Smith - Published on
This is a quick, fun read without a lot of depth. That is unfortunate, because the theme - an homage to Tex Winter's triangle offense as "pure" basketball - is worth exploring in depth. I enjoyed the book, but the sloppy editing, particularly in Phil's chapters, interfered with that enjoyment. If you haven't read "Sacred Hoops," start there. If you like that one, this is a lesser, but still enjoyable sequel.
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