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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Hoops was very refreshing and thought-provoking., 19 Jan 1999
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In lieu of the recent NBA lockout and the subsequent retirement of its premier star attraction, Michael Jordan, reading Sacred Hoops, brilliantly written by former Bulls' coach Phil Jackson, provides a very refreshing and thought-provoking look into the money-driven and often soulessness world of professional basketball. The book takes a wonderful look into the mind of Jackson, raised by Pentacostal parents in Montana, who later became enlightened by Zen and Native American principles during his playing career with the New York Knicks and early coaching stints in Albany, N.Y. and Puerto Rico. Jackson's higher wisdom of teamwork - his philosophy of preaching the expression of the power of mindfulness and compassion in action - became a paradigm for his success in guiding the Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s (the paperback edition chronicles through the 1995-96 season). The book also serves as an insightful memoir full of stories about Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman. For devotees of Jordan, Sacred Hoops serves as a nice complement to other books written about him and shows how Jackson instilled in Jordan - and his teammates - the ability to act with a clear mind and stay calmly focused at all times; how he changed the Bulls into a team that served the "we" instead of "me". Sacred Hoops is an inspiring book - one which you won't want to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace of mind on the hardwood, 21 Aug 2000
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Having read this book about 3 times already, I can truly say that Phil Jackson has discovered how to make players into superstars and superstars into players. The only thing that seperates players at the NBA level is mental toughness and this book outlines the what, how and why he did it. To get the greatest player ever to play in a team concept is tough and he's done it successfully.This book also provided me with an insight into the art of zen and it's implication on this great game. To summarize, I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about Phil Jackson and his success in Chigaco
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 12 April 2014
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My son is iin competitive basketball and this book gives a good insight into performing at the highest level. Good value
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just basketball. . . ., 23 Mar 2011
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I read this book following a recommendation from a good friend many years ago. It was so thought provoking and moving, that still do this day I talk about it and recommend it to others to read. Can't recommend it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I truely think this book is a worthwhile experience., 18 Feb 1999
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I truely think this book is a worthwhile experience. The book teaches you to play (basketball) with all your heart and soul. It really gives a person reading the book gets into the book and maybe it will change your way of living.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Hoops was amusingly entertaining and inspirational., 3 Dec 1998
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I found Sacred Hoops to be inspirational. Jackson conveys his philosophy well. There were not too many technical terms, and it was a fast read. The ideas Jackson has about how to create a real team, and the personal stories of his life and career illustrating his points, were amusing as well as thought provoking. Aplicable to daily life, as well as any team sport.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another autobio/how to improve your life book., 4 Oct 1998
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Phil Jackson seems to be one of the more intelligent coaches in the game. His ability to get people to work together...his knowledge of what buttons to push and when to push them is to be admired. He writes of a season with the Bulls and how they overcame their trials and tribulations--not unlike Pat Riley's book "The Winner Within." However Jackson takes a deeper philosophical look at why and how things happened. Good as a retrospective of the season, very good as a book on life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great theme, a little repetitive., 21 Jan 1998
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This book explains why such a quiet coach has such impact. I felt that many of the main points were repeated, but they were good points, so no big deal. A great read, especially for Bulls fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Hoops - a basketball metaphore, 2 Jan 1998
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Sacred Hoops is not really a basketball book. Basketball becomes merely a metaphor for our life journeys. Each of Jackson's basketball seasons has its life of its own, and thus its own lessons. This is a great introductory book for those interested in Buddhism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole can be greater than the sum of the parts., 29 Oct 1997
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In today's me world, an attitude by no means limited to atheletics (witness the runaway salaries of today's CEOs), examples of people who grasp that the most effective path to strength is the one that leads through community are precious and too rare. Mr. Jackson allows us to follow the evolution of the Bulls from a group of very talented individuals into a team in the best sense of the word. There are lessons galore of all shapes and sizes, but the one that I most appreciated is that the pursuit of excellence can be very successful without sacrificing honor, trust and commitment to something outside of ourselves. And make no mistake, Mr. Jackson is a winner of the first order. Sacred Hoops should be mandatory reading for every high school athelete in this country.
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