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Mindgames: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey

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Mindgames follows the journey of Phil Jackson to the top of basketballs coaching hierarchy, a rise that took him from obscurity in the Continental Basketball Association to nine championship rings in the NBA. Along the way he turned multimillionaire players on to meditation, transformed the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls from a one-man show to a five-man team of ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Bison Books (first published 2000)
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Don
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sports
Very disappointing. Lazenby has some writing chops, as illustrated by Michael Jordan: The Life. I expected similar greatness from this book, hoping for some insight into the workings of Phil Jackson's mind. Instead I found a cursory sketch of the man, an already-been-told account that feels like a compilation of old Sports Illustrated articles and box scores.

Don't get me wrong, I mostly enjoyed reading this. I'm an 80s-90s kid who can't read enough about Jordan and the Bulls. And yet I feel let
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Isaac
Sep 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The winningest coach in all of NBA history's biography is one of my favorite books. It shows great detail about the pros and cons of being an NBA coach and lots of interesting information on Jackson's life. Some people say that he was only a great coach because his teams have had so much talent (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'neal, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Pau Gasol etc) but i think it takes more then talent to build a great team.
Joel Kimmel
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was happily surprised that this book covered, in depth, my favourite Bulls teams from the 90s. I read Phil's book Sacred Hoops back in 1996 and have always been fascinated by him. This book gives you insight into his younger days before he played and coached in the NBA, and covered those years in between when he was trying to find direction and coached in the CBA.
After that nice chunk of Phil's origin story, we get into his days with the Bulls, coaching Jordan and Pippen and the greatest team
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Michał Węgrzyn
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
As all Lazenby's books this one is a long one. But there is a deeper thought behind it.
If one wants to provide a reliable and deep history to has to be a lengthy one.

Awesome book for basketball, leadership and coaching junkies.
Dave Bolton
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
A behind the scenes look at Phil Jackson and his time coaching the Bulls, with a brief chapter on his first championship with the Lakers. It starts by focusing on his upbringing, his formative years in the NCAA and how his philosophies developed through his NBA career as a player. The bulk of the book is around his time in the CBA and NBA as a coach.

For me, the takeaways are how he engaged with his stars (Jordan, Pippen, O'Neal, Bryant) to get them to buy into the triangle offense and team
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James Snyder
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mindgames was a biography on Phil Jackson that is written up until 2002. It was a really good book to my book report project on since it had many different events and characters throughout Jackson's life. Phil Jackson won 8 championships (up to 2002) with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers as a head coach.
Steven
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really more a story of the 90s Bulls than Phil Jackson. It gets into his life and philosophy but it's very much through the prism of that team and Michael Jordan. It's a great read but it wasn't especially insightful.
Bojan Avramovic
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sve sto niste znali o Phill Jackson u ovoj je knjizi. Plus recepti kako trenirati najbolje kosarkase u istoriji
Kaleb
Sep 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Roland Lazenby is an American sportswriter and educator.

Lazenby has written more than five dozen nonfiction books, mainly about basketball and American football. He has also contributed articles to magazines and newspapers.

Lazenby's book Bull Run! was named Sports Book of the Year for 1997 by the Independent Publishers Association.

Lazenby studied at Virginia Military Institute and Hollins
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