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A new way to understand team spirit14 août 1997
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I picked up this book in an airport bookstore only because I love basketball and I have been a Michael Jordan fan since he was in high school. I LOVED it. Sacred Hoops helped me really understand and appreciate why the Bull's, and other teams that build on a similar philosophy, have a special magic. It also helped me see how this philosophy can be used to improve and enhance any endeavor that requires teamwork. I will be reading this book again to be reinspired. I loaned the book to my 75-year old mother. She bought additional copies to give to friends and bought it for the local library. Then she lent it to my 15-year old niece, who plays high school hoops. My niece commented that her coach must have read the book half-way through last season because he suddenly changed his coaching style to be similar to Jackson's. My niece passed it on to her mother, a mother of 4 with a black belt in karate. Her mother immediately went out and bought two books Jackson recommends, commenting that she imagined anything he recommended would be worth reading. When the book returned to me, my husband (who is, no kidding, a rocket scientist) decided to read it to see what all the fuss was about. He has now passed it on to an Italian colleague who says, wow this is good. Never have a seen such a wide range of people, in interests and ages, respond so strongly and positively to a book. This is a book that can enhance your life, no matter what you do
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Spirituality does apply to the world of glitz and glamor10 décembre 2000
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I am not now, nor have I ever been, a fan of basketball. But it is at least a sport that I can appreciate, which is more than I can say for American football. Nevertheless, this book is not really about basketball-it's about spirituality and selflessness through basketball. The author is Phil Jackson, formerly of the New York Knicks (and colleague of Bill Bradley) and, later, coach of the Chicago Bulls - the only coach in NBA history to pull of twin "three-peats" - three consecutive NBA Championships, not once but twice. Under Jackson's guidance and the leadership of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright, and others, the Bulls became the best basketball team in the world. But Jackson is not focused solely on success for the sake of success. He recounts his fundamentalist upbringing, his forays into Zen Buddhism and Lakota spirituality, and his efforts to bring ideas of oneness and attunement and selfless play into an NBA dominated by ego, money, cynicism, and media hype. He describes the esoteric "triangle offense" that was based on those philosophical principles. I was very impressed by this book. It takes many of the principles I've learned in other places and applies it directly to something that I would normally not think of as spiritual. Moreover, Jackson and his Bulls are a powerful and very prevalent example of how spiritual principles can be applied in the real world and made into a success. Plus, there's a foreword by ex-Senator and ex-Knick Bill Bradley, and numerous stories about Jackson playing with the Knicks and coaching basketball greats. Though I'm not a basketball fan, the magnetism of personalities still fascinates me, and these personal anecdotes only add depth to the lessons Jackson conveys.
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Sacred Hoops was very refreshing and thought-provoking.19 janvier 1999
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In lieu of the recent NBA lockout and the subsequent retirement of its premier star attraction, Michael Jordan, reading Sacred Hoops, brilliantly written by former Bulls' coach Phil Jackson, provides a very refreshing and thought-provoking look into the money-driven and often soulessness world of professional basketball. The book takes a wonderful look into the mind of Jackson, raised by Pentacostal parents in Montana, who later became enlightened by Zen and Native American principles during his playing career with the New York Knicks and early coaching stints in Albany, N.Y. and Puerto Rico. Jackson's higher wisdom of teamwork - his philosophy of preaching the expression of the power of mindfulness and compassion in action - became a paradigm for his success in guiding the Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s (the paperback edition chronicles through the 1995-96 season). The book also serves as an insightful memoir full of stories about Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman. For devotees of Jordan, Sacred Hoops serves as a nice complement to other books written about him and shows how Jackson instilled in Jordan - and his teammates - the ability to act with a clear mind and stay calmly focused at all times; how he changed the Bulls into a team that served the "we" instead of "me". Sacred Hoops is an inspiring book - one which you won't want to put down.
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Zen Master he is11 avril 2008
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Phil Jackson's philosophy on teamwork and leadership is based upon Native American and Buddhist principles. From his book these principles and spiritual lessons are brought to life and explained in a manner only a man like himself could do. He is trying to let people know lessons are taken from the lessons he has learned throughout his life as a basketball player and coach, but these lessons not only pertain to basketball, they can be used for anyone in order to increase the potential of the human spirit. Phil Jackson is a world-renowned player and coach of the NBA. He is now the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and has won three NBA championships with them; however, he is most famous for leading the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships with legendary players, such as, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, John Paxson, and many others. He has adopted the teachings of Eastern philosophies, like Buddhism, and received the nickname the "Zen Master" because of it. Phil Jackson has not only written Sacred Hoops, but several other virtuous books. Other books include Maverick, Take It All, More Than a Game, and The Last Season: a Team in Search for Its Soul. Jackson's inspirational messages are powerful and thought provoking and make the reader experience a sense that they are able to incorporate these teachings into their everyday lives, even if they do not play or watch the game of basketball. The methods he uses, for example, meditation, mindfulness, and visualization, and also quotes used from Zen Buddhism to Native American teachings help provide a new or improved outlook on their lives and help make them, as well as other people around them, better people. As Phil Jackson says, "Being aware is more important than being smart." Whether or not you are an athlete, student or just someone looking for inspirational insight this book is a terrific read.
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Controlling your Mind16 octobre 2000
Barbara J. Hanf
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Sacred Hoops is about Phil Jackson. It is about his search for enlightenment and also about his accomplishments as a player and as a coach in the NBA. He was a basketball player in his time, before becoming a coach. He played all through high school and college. He eventually went on to play in the NBA. He played for the legendary New York Knicks of the 1970's. While playing Phil often searched for a way to clear his mind and to execute. He eventually found his method while dabbling in the Zen religion. Zen focuses on clearing your mind and that is what he needed. He often described himself as a "Zen Christian". The practice of Zen led him to be more aware on the court. HE figured that if you play with a jumbled mind then you will obviously make mistakes. The object was to clear your mind in order to help you execute to your highest capabilities. He often said that focusing on something that happened in the past (such as a recent turnover) was not worth dwelling over. The more that you dwell on a mistake, the farther removed from the game you become. Therefore, clear your mind and the rest will come naturally. Phil then translated everything that he had learned while practicing Zen into his coaching career. He taught his players about selfless team play and playing with a clear mind and he built a dynasty. Obviously, there was also a key to his dynasty. The key was Michael Jordan, but even dealing with that wasn't a walk in the park. By the end of his coaching stretch in Chicago, Phil had amassed 6 championships. He attributes most of his success to the fundamentals starting with team play and extreme focus. I have never read a book like this and I was rather impressed with his ideas. The idea of meditation and Zen isn't very widespread, so it was something that interested me. I really liked the idea of just clearing your mind and letting your game flow. I am a basketball player and I know that sometimes even the slightest hesitation or even just something on your mind can really throw your game off. It isn't quite as easy as he says to clear your mind and let your game flow, but it is definitely something to shoot for. I really liked this book. It was a little different because of the practicing of Zen, but I have always been interested in meditation. Just being able to clear your mind would really help sometimes. On page 48 he says ,"The thoughts themselves are not the problem; it's our desperate clinging to them and our resistance to what's actually happening that causes us so much anguish." This seems true because I am sure everyone, including myself, has had a problem that they couldn't get off their mind. Just being able to compartmentalize your thoughts would be nice. Not so much to not care about the problem, but just to not let it affect your judgement or demeanor. That should allow you to think rationally about the explanation to your problem and make a decision unaffected by emotion. This book was good, but may not be for everyone. The idea of meditation and Zen isn't really that common. The practice of Zen, I am sure, is even less common. Obviously there will be people that won't have a thing to do with another religion. They may be mad even that he could try out another religion, but I think he was just trying whatever worked. He searched for a long time for this religious mix that he and his team practices and he just happened to find what works. It isn't a sacrilege, it is more just utilizing an effective method from another religion. Even if someone is not interested in the Zen part of the book, they can still read about all the accomplishments in his life. From being the NBA player to possibly one of the greatest coaches of all time he definitely has alot to write about.