Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
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Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball. -- Phil Jackson One of the most successful coaches in NBA history, Phil Jackson provides an inside look at the higher wisdom of teamwork with Sacred Hoops -- Jackson's philosophy of mindful basketball and his life-long quest to bring enl...more
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Published February 1st 2001 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published October 1st 1995)
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Michael Scott
I first discovered this book in the late nineties during a time of great discord and transition in my life. Phil's approach to life, which embodies merging one's vocation with a larger spiritual quest, was transformational for me. His book offers a unique look at the bizarre tactics he used to build a winning formula as a basketball coach as well in his own life exploration. I found myself particularly enamored with the following sentence in his book:

"In basketball -- as in life -- true joy come...more
Jan 08, 2009 ba rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Championship Bulls Teams
Recommended to ba by: The
I've read better books about the glory years of the Chicago Bulls. I've read better books about Zen and other non-western styles of thought. I've read better books in general. However, I quite enjoyed reading this. It's a fast read, and very simply written, yet there's a lot to think about.

It's easier to take it seriously if you pretend that Phil Jackson died when he left The Bulls rather than ditching his wife and family to babysit a bunch of date-rapists in L.A.
Born in North Dakota, Phil Jackson was raised in a very Christian home. He played basketball as a kid and fell in love with it. It was more his religion than Christianity. He played all through high school and managed to get recruited at North Dakota University.
While in college, a friend introduced Jackson to Zen. Being a Christian, he found this strange. Over time, Jackson became very interested in Zen and began to meditate. Meditation calmed his mind and helped him concentrate on things. He...more
Mike W
"Sacred Hoops" is an engrossing account of Phil Jackson's career as a basketball player and a coach with special focus the evolution of his thinking that led to unparallelled success with the Chicago Bulls and later with the Los Angeles Lakers.

I despised the Bulls when I was younger. I couldn't forgive them for displacing the Lakers as the dominant team in the NBA. But then, Kareem had retired, and the other Laker stars were aging, so decline was inevitable. Meanwhile, the Bulls were a truly aw...more
After March Madness I heard of and tried to read _When the Garden Was Eden_ (about the NY Knicks in the 1970's) but it was too much of an insider's story for me. But that got me poking around for more books of those players and teams, and somehow I landed on Phil Jackson's book. Jackson was a player on the Knicks back in the day, and then coached the Chicago Bulls during the years of Michael Jordan's meteoric return to the game and the Bulls' taking the NBA championship.

But what made this book r...more
Grant Whitebloom
I thought this book was interesting and enlightening, but it was not really what I thought it was going to be. While I initially had the idea that Spiritual Hoops was going to have lots of player stories and inside notes from the famous Phil Jackson, I found that it was a lot deeper than that. Jackson talked about his Zen Buddhist religion quite a bit throughout the story, and at points I felt it was too much. However, the book did provide lots of good lessons that can be applied not only to bas...more
A special book for me; a readable book on sport and one that does manage to combine the pragmatic with the spiritual.
I was given this book by a dear American friend who trained me in his approach to executive coaching and leadership. His death (way out of time) a year later has made this all the more precious.

The back cover talks of the higher wisdom of teamwork employed by the head coach of the Chicago Bulls basketball team, Phil Jackson. He has a fresh and refreshing look at leadership issues...more
Adi Alsaid
Picked this up in preparation for my coaching job.

Although he's clearly an intelligent man of many ideas and a deep understanding of the game, the book is disjointed, repetitive and doesn't seem to follow any real logical or even thematic progression. He doesn't elaborate when it would be interesting for him to do so and he repeats himself without adding any new insights too often.

While it has set some sort of foundation on what I would want to do as a basketball coach, it wasn't exactly what I...more
Sacred Hoops was a very enjoyable book and I suggest anybody that wants to learn about a few basics to being successful at basketball should read. Phil Jackson known as the "Zen Master" includes keys to why being calm and focused at all times is best for your performance. If you aren't calm, relaxed, and focused then you won't be at your best. Not only does he talk about how healthy it is to be focused on the task at hand and not be distracted, he also talks about why the triangle offense was so...more
Phil Jackson is a legendary coach in the NBA. He explores the way he coached the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers to World Championships using the intellect and the philosophy of the Lakota Indians. This book is not just for sports minded people. This book is for people who want to be the best they can b, starting from a beautiful place and finishing with ones humility in tact. I read it again and again.
Garrett Bolen
I would say that this book should be read by any gender because it displays a universal lesson that teamwork, hard work, and dedication can achieve tremendous success. I would rate this a 5 out of 5. I would recommend this novel to any person regardless of gender who love basketball and sports in general.
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I was inspired to read this when I saw it laying around in one of the classrooms where I subbed earlier this year. Although this book wasn't written like most other books that I really enjoy, it brought back happy memories of what was going on in the NBA when I used to follow basketball back in my high school years. I'm planning on mailing my copy away, but I wanted to be sure I gave the book a high rating so that I would remember it if I ever need to populate my bookshelf. This one is a keeper,...more
Sacred Hoops, in my opinion was a good book, but definitely not a great one. Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty do an O.K. job of describing how Jackson himself, along with his teams, such as the Bulls and the Knicks develop not only in individual skill, but as a full team. When you think about it, this novel can be connected to our lives in many ways. In many cases, we need to act as a flowing team in sports, school, etc. We are able to get a different sort of "back story" on how the Bulls were ab...more
Ben Burkey
This was a much better book then I thought it would be. When I was in elementary school, I started reading this book and within the first 20 pages I knew that I wouldn't last. There were all this vocab and ideas that I didn't know at the time which is why I stopped reading it disappointingly. Now that I'm older, I really understood all that Phil Jackson was trying to say which is why I enjoyed the book so much. What I liked about this book was that Jackson really went in depth while analyzing th...more
Nina Laube
In this book, Jackson explores the balance between spirit and sport, as he puts it. From this theme, he built the composition on compassion, creating a selfless team, acceptance, awareness, and harnessing the full potential of the mind during game play. Jackson quotes Kipling when he says, “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and strength of the wolf is the pack”. He finds balance in each player and how they can work together, establishing his reformed “triangle offense”. I found this book...more
Dec 23, 2011 Si rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: leaders, teachers, parents, basketball fans, people interested in Buddhism
Recommended to Si by: Willie
Shelves: life-changer
Phil Jackson was never my favorite coach, but the concepts in his book have given me a lot to think about. I can see now, how he was able to handle superstars like Jordan, Pippen, Kobe, and Shaq while at the same time, get solid contributions from the bench. By applying the ideas of the ego-less self, awareness, and selflessness, Jackon tried to make a team where every member was equal and had one common goal. I am thinking now, about how these ideas can be integrated into a family, a work place...more
David Ball
I used to cheer for the underdog when I was young, now I quite enjoy following "winners". As you get older you start to realise how hard it is to succeed, and how unusual it is to be able to succeed repeatedly. Phil Jackson was able to create not one but two different basketball dynasties, which suggests that whatever he has to say about leadership is probably worth listening to. And the buddhism angle he pursues in this book is a refreshing change to the usual clichés attached to sporting succe...more
Danny Vanden
Sacred Hoops
What does it take to be one of the most successful coaches of all time? Phil Jackson's take on this is very unique and interesting. Throughout "Sacred Hoops," Phil Jackson (author of this autobiography) offers up some of his deepest secrets to success both as a man and a basketball coach. Hear about Phil's amazing story and all of the ups and downs he had to face in order to get into the league.

Phil Jackson is one of the most successful coaches ever and he hands us his knowledge in t...more
Danny Harms
I think Sacred Hoops was a good read as it was a book about Phil Jackson and his experiences with basketball on what he learned, experienced and taught. Phil Jackson is a retired NBA coach and player. He was considered one of the best coaches ever in the NBA.
The story is told about his life and how he was born in a very Christian home and how he always loved the sport of basketball. It mentions his experiences as a player in the NBA and how he transformed into one of the greatest coaches ever....more
Aaron Clark
Nov 21, 2013 Aaron Clark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The eight time NBA championship winning coach, Phil Jackson, one of the most successful coaches ever has written a perfect book, called Sacred Hoops. This book tells you Phil's journey through life with religion, basketball, and close friends. Phil Jackson struggles in this book, and achieves many great things too.

Phil Jackson was born in Montana, the youngest of four siblings. He and his family soon moved to North Dakota as there Father got a new job. The Jackson family practiced their religion...more
In a world dominated by the "me generation" where so many people crave the attention of all eyes and ears, it is quite refreshing to read a book that emphasizes the "we over me" philosophy.
With bits of biography, basketball, Christianity, Zen-Buddhism and Native American religion woven together, this is a nice and quick read. It is never dull since it doesn't beat around the bush. And since it is written in a "to the point" fashion, it certainly garners your attention throughout.

Phil Jackson has never been my favorite coach; however, i was impressed by the way he combines the Zen thoughts and meditation methods with basketball. It is clearly understood that the most important thing that differs Jackson from other coaches is his eccentrical approach toward players and guidance ability on creating a winner team. It was good to see the milestones of those seasons of Bulls ended up being champion. I enjoyed reading the locker room conversations as well. Beyond these, the ph...more
Robert Hill
Well, since it is close to March Madness a good book on basketball is in order. Phil Jackson, unbeknownst to me is a follower of Zen Buddhism which is a Japanese variation of Indian/Tibetan Buddhism. This book is sort of a combination of leadership, classic basketball strategy and the story of Jackson's spiritual journey. A very interesting read containing many tidbits of Pro Basketball lore, including stories about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

An interesting and compelling read.
Robert Henrich
While I enjoyed the narrative on Phil's emotions through his experiences with the Bulls and others, I found the writing to be a bit unorganized and sloppy. There seems to be a lack of logical progression. Basically, it seems that when Phil realizes that he is about to weird the reader out by laying his promotion of zen teachings a bit too thick, he jumps in with an interesting anecdote that may or may not have anything to do with the subject he was just discussing. That's not always the case, bu...more
Ross Siler
Having covered two Phil Jackson-coached teams, I'm not quite sure how much his players buy into the visualization exercises or read the books he passes out on road trips. But this book is the best articulation there is of another way in professional sports. It also weaves in stories about everything from coaching the Bulls to coaching in a run-for-your-life Puerto Rican league. Jackson writes that Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf believed players were motivated by fear or greed. Jackson expresses his...more
I am not a sports enthusiast. Not at all. So, what made me pick up this book? I have always been intrigued by Phil Jackson, the spiritual, intellectual, former coach for the Chicago Bulls, in their Michael Jordan-multiple championship years. This is the story of how Phil Jackson came to be the unique coach that he is. The story covers a lot of ground, from his strict religious Midwestern roots through his sports playing, and then various coaching positions. Native American and Buddhist influence...more
I bought this book for my dad years ago after he surprisingly told a large group of people that he found Phil Jackson "fascinating." I recently asked him whether it was any good. "It probably wasn't, but I liked it," he said. On that recommendation I picked it up, and I'd say my dad's was a pretty fair assessment. Jackson seems legitimately into his quest to master the spirituality of professional basketball, and it's interesting at times. The narrative is patchy and the writing is dull, but the...more
Frank Hamrick Jr.
This is my BOOK OF THE YEAR for 2012. I laughed and cried reading this book. I never knew Phil Jackson grew up a "fundamentalist" Pentecostal! Wow. Jackson's ability to weave a philosophy of life out of Christianity, Native American spirituality and Zen and then impart that to a team was incredible.

I have always been a Phil Jackson fan, but this guy is FAR more than a basketball coach. I share his two passions: spirituality / philosophy and basketball and I also know first hand what it's like to...more
Alene Scoblete
I read this because Olympian ice skater Gracie Gold said that she and her coach were reading it. Although not a basketball fan, I found a lot of inspirational material in this. Glad I read it.
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Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson is a retired American professional basketball coach and former player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA...more
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