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The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soulby Phil Jackson
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During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the andldquo;Zen masterandrdquo; half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his playersandrsquo; nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.
This is the story of a preacherandrsquo;s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.
In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:
For the countless basketball fans who were spellbound by the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2003–2004 high-wire act, this book is a rare and phenomenal treat. In The Last Season, Lakers coach Phil Jackson draws on his trademark honesty and insight to tell the whole story of the season that proved to be the final ride of a truly great dynasty. From the signing of future Hall-of-Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton to the Kobe Bryant rape case/media circus, this is a riveting tale of clashing egos, public feuds, contract disputes, and team meltdowns that only a coach, and a writer, of Jackson’s candor, experience, and ability could tell. Full of tremendous human drama and offering lessons on coaching and on life, this is a book that no sports fan can possibly pass up.
Jackson draws on his trademark honesty and insight to tell the whole story of the L.A. Lakers' 2003-2004 season--the final ride of a truly great basketball dynasty. Filled with tremendous human drama and offering lessons on life, this book is one that no sports fan can possibly pass up. 16-page photo insert.
About the Author
Phil Jackson holds the winningest record in NBA history (832316 in fourteen seasons as a head coach). He is the author of Maverick, Sacred Hoops, and, with Charley Rosen, More Than a Game.
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