on 15 November 2011
Lazenby's account of the story is awesome ! Backed by countless interviews from players, coaches, and more, it sort of takes you into the changing rooms, practice sessions, buses, flights and boardroom arguments through Phil Jackson's illustrious career ! It also gave me more reasons to love and 'not to love' MJ, Shaq, Kobe and the 3 Jerry's (Buss, Reinsdorf and Krause). You get to see how instrumental Phil Jackson was in the Bulls' 6 championships, and the Lakers' 2000 championship. If you didn't respect him already....this book will be a game-changer !
Though it didn't meet my expectations with the actual mindgames, it left me very satisfied. I got to see how much effort, skill and will power is required to drive to the title; the effects of the 'supporting cast' (how MJ and Scottie didn't do it alone), and how 'contagious' confidence is, especially in team sports. If there's one thing I'd ask....is to have a new edition, detailing the Zen Masters complete Lakers experience...Kobe, Pau...the main reasons behind the trade (Artest for Ariza)...and the Dallas sweep !
on 30 August 2011
After starting a bit slowly this book evolves into a powerful insight into the ways of Phil Jackson.
I have already read some Phil Jackson's books but this one is a view from an outsider and it is very interesting.
The part of the book that analyzes the 2nd Three-Peat from the Chicago Bulls is fascinating. Because there was a lot of tension between the Front Office and the players & Phil.
It is also worth noting when the author says or quotes Phil Jackson saying that Michael Jordan competitive nature only could endure Three straight championships. It is speculated that for MJ after 3 grinding seasons always winning there were the physical & mental fatigue but also the lack of a challenge.
With this we can speculate the way the 2011 Lakers played in the playoffs.
It is also fascinating the way Michael lead the team, his competitive nature, his aura.
It is a nice read for different reasons.