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Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers Hardcover – 1 Oct 2010

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Phil Jackson, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, has won more NBA titles than any coach and has more playoff victories than any coach in any major professional sport in the United States. In any discussion of the NBA's all-time best coach, JacksonAEs silent advocates are the facts: architect of eleven of the NBA's last twenty champions, holder of the all-time highest winning percentage during the regular season (.705) and playoffs (.697), fastest to 1,000 coaching victories, first coach to win three consecutive titles three times. When winning Game 1 of any playoff series, best-of-five or best-of-seven, Jackson's teams are 48-0. Andrew D. Bernstein, senior director of NBA Photos, joined the NBA in 1983 and has been its senior photographer since the position was created in 1986. In his twenty-eight years with the league, Bernstein has shot every NBA Finals since 1983, covering more championship series games than any photographer.

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HASH(0x9358f618) out of 5 stars Only for fans 1 Jan. 2011
By Yun Seok Oh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Those looking for groundbreaking insight will obviously be disappointed as this is a commemorative book with pictures that are, quite frankly, average quality. It's black and white but does not quite have that 'feel' to it as it has obviously been transferred from color digital files. I know nobody uses film anymore, but as an avid photographer myself I'd much rather see pictures in color when it's taken in color, especially when your team is purple and gold. Granted purple is a difficult color to depict with digital cameras, but it's not a book about championships decades ago but 2010, and it just doesn't do any good to have them in black and white.

The pictures are mostly snapshots, non-descript most of the time not really capturing many significant or impressive moments. It does have a candid, rough sketch type of quality to it that you would appreciate when you find it in a blog, but you expect more from a hardcover. Often some of the pictures are lazy shots, taken with little thought about composition (they are snaps) using wide angles just to cram everything in.

Phil Jackson supplies the text to the pictures, and some are insightful, some are laced with typical PJ barbs, but mostly they are rather bland, mostly praising teammates.

All in all, it is just what it is: a commemorative note-book of a championship team.

You buy it if you want to own a bit of the championship and if you are a fan of the franchise. For any other reason, pass.
HASH(0x936ffe4c) out of 5 stars Lakers say cheese 24 Nov. 2010
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Another off season, another book from Phil Jackson. Except that JOURNEY TO THE RING is more a photo album inhabiting the shape of a handsome coffee table book. During the 2009-2010 NBA season, photographer Andrew Bernstein worked his tail off amassing black & white imagery of the Los Angeles Lakers, and this is the result. JOURNEY TO THE RING tracks the Lakers as they experience training camp and the dog days of the long regular season, the push thru the playoffs and that epic NBA Finals with the Celtics. Andrew Bernstein is well respected and trusted by the Lakers organization and so was given access on those long plane trips and in the locker rooms and in gym practices.

To cleanse the palate, Bernstein also exhibits photos of our guys captured in their more private moments, whether it's Phil cooking Thanksgiving dinner or Artest playing football on the beach or Lamar either chillin' out by the pool or sitting in an abandoned hallway, trying to get away from the media before a game. And, really, the photos that depict the team not in action but instead in repose, those photos are what lends this book its grounding and heft. Sometimes, you get more out of gazing at Kobe caught in deep reflection or at Bynum hunched in his chair with his knee brace telling a story of unmet potential. Bernstein's classy black & white photography presents a lush and vibrant tone, lends more texture, looks more powerful. Apparently, some of these photos were originally in color, but were converted to black & white. I'm not a photographer so I can't talk much about composition and lighting and film exposure and such. I'll say, instead, that Bernstein accomplishes what he set out to do. You flip thru this book and gaze at the images, and you get a sense of the long grind and the camaraderie and the drain on the mind, the sap on the will, the toll that it takes, and the competitive spirit that emerges. Those shots of the Lakers celebrating after Game 7, reaping the reward, soaking in the adulation... man, I love the Lakers.

There's a bittersweet twinge, though, in going thru some of the pages and setting eyes on guys like Mbenga and Morrison and Josh Powell, ex-Lakers now. Farmar, much as I liked him as a UCLA Bruin and as a Lakers PG, got on my bad side with his attitude and his agenda and his inability to make his mark in the long term. But he did his damn thing, has won two championship rings and now seeks to expand his game and his rep. I'm not mad at Jordy, but I don't miss him much.

One of my favorite segments is at the end of the book which is devoted to player portraits. In his afterword, Andrew Bernstein goes into this fleetingly, and to piggyback what he writes, he applies a medium format film that brings out a "richness and depth" to the photos. Technically, I don't know what he's talking about. But the players' faces really pop out. These are spectacular pictures.

Coach Phil Jackson provides insight and the occasionally caustic narrative to complement these images. He doesn't throw Kobe under the bus. It's a win-win.
HASH(0x9d115654) out of 5 stars Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers 12 April 2011
By BlogOnBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
On a more personal level comes "Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers" which features the photography of Andrew Bernstein and text by Phil Jackson. Clearly a labor of love, Jackson and Bernstein capture a single championship season in the world of this world famous sports dynasty. What sets this book apart from most other books about teams, is the behind-the-scenes access granted photographer Bernstein and the away from the action commentary by Jackson.
As the dominant NBA team of the last two decades, the Lakers can sometimes be viewed as larger than life, but "Journey" serves to show them as real people, with real dedication to the game, not just on the court, but for what appears to be nearly every waking minute during the season. Bernstein's use of black and white throughout gives the book a very documentary feel, while the amount of off court coverage - from busses to planes to workouts to fan interaction - demonstrates that the life of a player is much more than you see on TV.
In the end, the book is a story. A story of a group of people who look out for one another and dedicate their every move to the pursuit of the common goal. The fact that they achieved their 10th NBA title under their current ownership only serves to make the story have its big payoff at the end. Something that was not a sure thing at the outset, but for Bernstein in particular, (Jackson's had his share) certainly a welcome relief.
HASH(0x9334ca2c) out of 5 stars Brilliant work 26 Dec. 2010
By blue_violin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Standing on its own as a photography book, this is an exquisite piece of work. As a document of a journey it resonates even more deeply, and the fact that its central theme is basketball means even more to this longtime sports fan. Phil Jackson's typically literate narrative ties it all together. This is a book that works on many levels, and I can't recommend it enough. Bernstein's solo portraits at the end of the book even recall, oddly enough despite huge differences in era and socio-economics, those of Disfarmer.

It's also beautifully produced. No corners cut here.
HASH(0x93b0cb04) out of 5 stars An Eyewitness View From the Best in the Biz 30 Nov. 2010
By Statman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Long considered the best in the business, NBA senior photographer Andy Bernstein offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse, where no other photographer is allowed to go. The result: a collection of photos which record from beginning to end, one team's journey to scale the NBA's 'mountain' in quest of the championship. With the addition of text by Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson, this is a book that would be a great addition to any Laker fan's(and NBA fan's)library, a lasting record of a championship season. See how it all unfolded, captured as only Andy Bernstein can!
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