Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Let's Book Club!: The Last Season by Phil Jackson

My computer is still being repaired and its looking like I'm going to get it next week, so, for those of you who are sitting on the edge of your seats you'll probably have to hold tight for another week or so.

The book... is basically a series of diary entries (or more likely adapted, edited, and re-written diary entries) from the 2003-04 Lakers season (this was two seasons after they won their last of three consecutive championships).  It's not exactly a literary masterpiece, but hearing the 'behind the scenes' stories gives some really interesting insight into Jackson's success as a coach, Kobe's melt-downs in the playoffs, and probably a little why Shaq hasn't had won more than he has.  More than anything else, it really drove home how important a team concept is in basketball, and how significant having a system and defining the roles of your players within that system is.  And, I think if you look at the last, say dozen teams that won titles (Celtics, Spurs, Pistons, Lakers - the Heat maybe being the exception) all of them have played good team basketball.

Grade: B- 

Next up: I'm actually already about half finished a 'Novel in Dramatic Form' The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy, because I wanted something a little different.  After that, I've got David Halberstam's book about Bill Belichick The Education of a Coach.  

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