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Phil Jackson: Lord of the Ringsby Peter Richmond
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With eleven championship rings to his name, Phil Jackson is internationally recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA. Known as a defensive disrupter and a master fouler during his early days as a New York Knick and later celebrated as the Zen Master” for his inspirational tactics as a leader, Jackson has had a long and storied career marked by constant self-reflection and reinvention. This is the man who led Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls to six championships, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to five; who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame; and who retired in 2011, an official legend—and the most sought-after free-agent coach in history.
As befits a legend, Jackson has written several candid, insightful books about his life and career, but now one of Americas most respected sportswriters turns an unvarnished light on Jacksons strange and remarkable journey, from his sheltered childhood and adolescence in Montana and North Dakota, through his years playing at Madison Square Garden, to his experiences coaching Jordan, Bryant, and more of the greatest players of our time. New York Times-bestselling author Peter Richmond has written a personal, definitive, revealing biography of a veritable sports genius, and an American classic.
"Sports journalist Richmond (Badasses) covers a familiar subject in Jackson, the legendary basketball coach, late of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, and no shrinking violet. Just this year, Jackson released yet another self-penned reflection, Eleven Rings. Though Jackson declined to participate for this book, that is hardly an obstacle for Richmond, who covers Jackson's path from God-fearing North Dakota schoolboy athlete (his father, Charles, was an ordained Pentecostal minister; his mother, Elisabeth, a pastor) to basketball-playing free spirit whose philosophical, people-first approach to the game turned him into the quintessential leader of men. 'When you needed to be built up,' says Mark Madsen, who played for Jackson in Los Angeles, 'he made you think you could take Mike Tyson and Ali in a boxing match.' Richmond interviews Jackson's former teammates, longtime friends, and the players he coached, employing an informal, almost folksy style that is both a homage to Jackson's non-conformist persona and a playful jab at his Zen master reputation. Thankfully for readers, Richmond favors personal evolution over hagiography, which is the difference maker in this in-depth and entertaining work. Photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An in-depth and entertaining” unauthorized biography from the New York Times best-selling author of Badasses. (Publishers Weekly)
Phil Jackson is widely considered to be one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball. As head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, he led Michael Jordan to six championships. In 1999, Jackson switched allegiances and moved to the Los Angeles Lakers, racking up five titles in ten years. All told, he has eleven championship rings—more titles than any other NBA coach in history.
Jackson has written several candid books about his life and career, but now New York Times-bestselling author Peter Richmond turns an unprecedented light on Jacksons whole life. Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings is the personal, definitive, and revealing biography of an unrivalled sports genius.
Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball. As head coach of the Chicago Bulls, he led Michael Jordan to six championships. After switching allegiances, he led Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to five. All told, Jackson has a record eleven championship rings.
Jackson has written several bestselling books about his life and career, but Peter Richmond turns an unprecedented light on Jacksons whole life. Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings is the definitive and revealing biography that anyone who loves the game—but especially Bulls and Lakers fans—has been waiting for.
About the Author
Peter Richmond is the author of five other books, including The Glory Game (with Frank Gifford), which was a New York Times bestseller. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He lives with his wife in Dutchess County, New York.
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