- File Size: 392 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st edition (October 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 26, 2012
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007MB5UTG
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*Did not want it to end
*GREAT for multiple walks of life - coaches, autobiography fans, those interested in Zen, managers, those interested in leadership and/or team building, basketball fans - the list goes on -
*BRILLIANT for those Bulls/Jackson fans, and anyone whose heart skips a beat hearing those words "Triangle Offense"
I've always been a fan of Phil Jackson's coaching style, the use of Zen and of Native American philosophies in his coaching approach - it's amazing. I also was a huge fan of the Jordan, Pippen and Rodman era Chicago Bulls and the story telling here is so rich with that in the background and foreground.
Everything I wanted from the book was in it - basketball, Zen, the Triangle Offense, coaching Jordan, how Phil came to be Phil Jackson ... I loved every page and didn't want the book to end!
There are basically four elements to Sacred Hoops. One is Jackson's personal road to philosophical development. I've read quite a bit on Zen and other schools of thought, so I found his perspective in that regard interesting. Another is a discussion of how Phil developed as a coach. I think those sorts of things are worthwhile for any coach generally speaking, because they can be sources of inspiration and motivation.
The third is a history of the Chicago Bulls teams up to the point of the book's writing. That bit I could care less about. Interwoven in that history, though, is the fourth element, which is how Jackson - at least in his own mind - dealt with a variety of different coaching challenges along the way. The level of athlete may be considerably different from the ones most of us have to work with, but many of the issues Phil brings up have parallels at all levels and in all sports.
I'm not going to say Sacred Hoops was some kind of major "Wow!" read for me. There weren't any parts which forced me to rethink things in my own coaching in a serious fashion. Perhaps that's at least partly because I'd already read about some of the philosophical stuff seemingly at the core of Jackson's way of thinking, so there weren't a lot of new ideas in that vein. Still, I thought it was a useful read from the perspective of offering up a different set of ways to look at things that could be filed away for potential future use or reference. For that reason I do recommend it coaches. Content aside, it's a convenient read as it comprises a lot of short sections so you can read it in short bursts as I did.
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Rhythm is probably what is missing the most, with frequent gaps in the story and a general fluidity that is severely lacking. Basically, the story does not flow as it should and often it struggles through meaningless yet lenghty stretches only to rush over episodes which would deserve to be explored in full depth.
But this is from an objective point of view and only relating to the literary side of the book; personally I would recommend it to anyone and talking about the content this opera should be studied, and well, by anyone willing to coach any team in any given sport.
A marvellous lesson from a marvellous teacher. Thus five stars and thus READ IT!!
That is precisely why I wanted to pick this memoir, as I wanted to know what goes inside Mr. Jackson’s mind, who helped win New York Knicks 5 NBA championships, 6 with LA Lakers and as a coach – 11 times!!! (The only person till date)
As you read through this memoir, you will witness Phil Jackson’s love for Basketball as a player and also as a coach.
After his team, New York Knicks won the NBA championship against formidable LA Lakers in 1971-72, the moment he has been striving for with all his heart since he was a kid. Yet after 2 days of celebration with family n friends the thrill was gone.
“Instead of being overwhelmed with joy,
I felt empty and confused”
As he was born into an orthodox Pentecostal family, he could not find what he was yearning for, even though his mother made him cram all Bible verses since childhood.
Turning point came when he read “The varieties of Religious Experience” after he read the book he has filled with a quiet feeling of inner peace, that he was longing for since a teenager.
“It also gave me a deeper understanding of my Pentecostal
roots and helped life the curtain of guilt
that had shrouded me most of my life”
what he was missing was spiritual direction as his devout childhood left an emptiness and he was filled with a yearning to reconnect with the deeper mysteries of life.
To fill this yearning he turned to various paths - Eastern traditions, practicing yoga, attending lectures and reading countless books and then he came upon Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki which made him turn to Zen and he also introduced Zen to his players.
He brought in a holistic approach to coaching that was heavily influenced by eastern philosophy. He also applied native American spiritual practices and Zen principles, bcz of which he is also referred as “Zen Master”
We also get to know about his approach to teach Michael Jordan and making them play as a team and also come to read about Jordan Era and many talented players like Shaq, Derek Fisher and other LA team members and also about NY Knicks teams and the championships won under his tutelage.
As Phil Jackson says
“If you have a clear mind & an open heart,
you wont have to search for direction.
Direction will come to you”
After finishing the book, you come away knowing the importance of having a balance in your life – once you have a clear mind and an open heart, regardless of the path you choose, the whole world becomes your Oyster.
Read it!!! It will give you a Spiritual Direction to your life.
Amazon: I got a 2nd hand book and it was delivered in a good condition.