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Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

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PHIL JACKSON

and HUGH DELEHANTY


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Book Details
 Price
 3.00
 Pages
 313 p
 File Size 
 1,289 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 ISBN
 978-1-10161796-0 
 Copyright©   
 Phil Jackson, 2013

EPIGRAPH 
When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy. RUMI

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The work on this book began during the winter of 2011–12 in the living room of
Phil’s house in Playa del Rey, California, a sleepy beach town. The room, a long
floor-through overlooking the Pacific, is filled with mementoes: an Edward
Curtis photo of a Kutenai brave gathering rushes in a canoe on Flathead Lake, a
totemlike painting of the Bulls’ second three-peat team, a giant replica of the
Lakers’ 2010 championship ring. Outside the full-length windows, Olympic
hopefuls could be seen practicing volleyball on the beach, while a parade of
Angelenos in brightly colored exercise wear streamed by on inline skates,
bicycles, razor scooters, and other earth friendly vehicles.

Every now and then, Phil would stop expounding on the wonders of the
triangle offense for a moment and gaze dreamily at the ocean. “Look,” he’d say,
pointing to a fishing boat heading out to sea or a small pod of dolphins frolicking
in the waves near shore. We’d sit in silence and watch for a while until Phil
decided it was time to get back to unraveling the mysteries of the Blind Pig or
some other arcane aspect of the Jacksonian game.

Tucked away in the rear of the room is a small meditation space enclosed by
Japanese-style paper screens, where Phil sits zazen most mornings. On one wall
hangs a beautiful calligraphic drawing of enso, the Zen symbol of oneness, with
these lines from Tozan Ryokai, a ninth-century Buddhist monk:
Do not try to see the objective world.
You which is given an object to see is quite different from you yourself.
I am going my own way and I meet myself which includes everything I meet.
I am not something I can see (as an object).
When you understand self which includes everything,
You have your true way.
This is the essence of what we’ve been trying to convey in this book: that the
path of transformation is to see yourself as something beyond the narrow
confines of your small ego—something that “includes everything.”
Basketball isn’t a one-person game, even though the media lords sometimes
portray it that way. Nor is it a five-person game, for that matter. It’s an intricate
dance that includes everything happening at any given moment—the tap of the
ball against the rim, the murmur of the crowd, the glint of anger in your
opponent’s eyes, the chatter of your own monkey mind.

The same is true with writing. Creating a book of this kind goes far beyond
the solitary work of two guys banging away at their laptops. Fortunately we’ve
been blessed throughout this project with an extraordinary team of men and
women who have contributed their insights, creative energy, and hard work to
make this book come to life.

First, we would like to thank our agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William
Morris Entertainment for helping give birth to this book and nurturing it along
the way. Big thanks also to agent extraordinaire Todd Musburger for his
perseverance, integrity, and gift for putting all the pieces together.
We owe a great debt to our publisher and editor, Scott Moyers, for holding
the vision of Eleven Rings from the start and making that vision real. Kudos, as
well, to Scott’s assistant, Mally Anderson, and the rest of the editorial team at
The Penguin Press for their Jordan-like grace under pressure.

We’d especially like to thank the players, coaches, journalists, and others
who took the time to share with us their personal reflections about Phil and the
events chronicled in these pages. In particular, we’re grateful to Senator Bill
Bradley and Mike Riordan for their insights re the Knicks; Michael Jordan,
Scottie Pippen, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, and Johnny Bach re the Bulls; and
Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Pau Gasol, Luke Walton, Frank Hamblen,
Brian Shaw, and Kurt Rambis re the Lakers. Thanks also to Bill Fitch, Chip
Schaefer, Wally Blase, George Mumford, Brooke Jackson, and Joe Jackson for
their invaluable contributions.

We’re especially indebted to writers Sam Smith and Mark Heisler for their
guidance and in-depth knowledge of the NBA. Chicago Sun-Times columnist
Rick Telander was also a great help, as were reporters Mike Bresnahan of the
Los Angeles Times and Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.
A tip of the hat to Lakers PR wizard John Black and his team for parting the
waters as only he knows how. We’re also much obliged to Tim Hallam and his
crew at the Bulls.

Special thanks to Phil’s collaborators on previous books, authors Charley
Rosen (Maverick and More Than a Game) and Michael Arkush (The Last
Season), and photographers George Kalinsky (Take It All!) and Andrew D.
Bernstein (Journey to the Ring). We’ve also benefited from the perspectives of
other authors in these works: Bill Bradley’s Life on the Run, Phil Berger’s
Miracle on 33rd Street, Dennis D’Agostino’s Garden Glory, Red Holzman and
Harvey Frommer’s Red on Red, Roland Lazenby’s Mindgames and The Show,
David Halberstam’s Playing for Keeps, Sam Smith’s The Jordan Rules, Rick
Telander’s In the Year of the Bull, Elizabeth Kaye’s Ain’t No Tomorrow, and
Mark Heisler’s Madmen’s Ball.

In addition, we’d like to thank several journalists who’ve covered Phil and
his teams throughout his career for their insights, especially Frank Deford, Jack
McCallum, and Phil Taylor (Sports Illustrated); Tim Kawakami, Tim Brown,
Bill Plaschke, T. J. Simers, and Broderick Turner (Los Angeles Times); Melissa
Isaacson, Terry Armour, Skip Myslenski, Bernie Lincicome, and Bob Verdi
(Chicago Tribune); Lacy J. Banks, John Jackson, and Jay Mariotti (Chicago Sun-
Times); Tim Sullivan and Mark Ziegler (San Diego Union-Tribune); Howard
Beck and Mike Wise (New York Times); Mike Lupica (New York Newsday); J. A.
Adande, Ramona Shelburne, and Marc Stein (ESPN); and Michael Wilbon (Washington Post).

Researchers Sue O’Brian and Lyn Garrity did an exceptional job of making
sure we got our facts straight. Deep bows to Kathleen Clark for creating the
wonderful picture gallery, and to Brian Musburger and Liz Calamari for their
tireless effort promoting the book. Thanks also to Chelsea Jackson, Clay
McLachlan, John M. Delehanty, Jessica Catlow, Rebekah Berger, Amanda
Romeo, Gary Mailman, Amy Carollo, Caitlin Moore, Kathleen Nishimoto,
Gayle Waller, and Chrissie Zartman, for assistance beyond the call of duty.
Most of all, we are humbled by the love and support of the book’s biggest
champions, Barbara Graham and Jeanie Buss.

From the beginning Barbara has poured her heart and soul into this project
and lifted the book with her masterful editing and creative vision.
And if it weren’t for Jeanie, this book might never have been born. She is the
reason Phil came back to the Lakers for his second run. We have Jeanie to thank,
along with the late Dr. Jerry Buss, for giving Phil the chance to win his last two rings.
Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
February 2013

Table of Contents
ALSO BY PHIL JACKSON
TITLE PAGE
COPYRIGHT
DEDICATION
EPIGRAPH

1 THE CIRCLE OF LOVE
2 THE JACKSON ELEVEN
3 RED
4 THE QUEST
5 DANCES WITH BULLS
6 WARRIOR SPIRIT
7 HEARING THE UNHEARD
8 A QUESTION OF CHARACTER
9 BITTERSWEET VICTORY
10 WORLD IN FLUX
11 BASKETBALL POETRY
12 AS THE WORM TURNS
13 THE LAST DANCE
14 ONE BREATH, ONE MIND
15 THE EIGHTFOLD OFFENSE
16 THE JOY OF DOING NOTHING
17 ONE-TWO-THREE—LAKERS!
18 THE WISDOM OF ANGER
19 CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER
20 DESTINY’S CHILDREN
21 DELIVERANCE
22 THIS GAME’S IN THE REFRIGERATOR

PHOTOGRAPHS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
CREDITS

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