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Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success Hardcover – May 21, 2013

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Phil Jackson won an unprecedented 11 championship rings as an NBA coach (6 with the Chicago Bulls and 5
with the Los Angeles Lakers). He begins this memoir with a brief exploration of his childhood as the son of two
practicing ministers, an experience that laid the foundation for his approach to coaching. As a young man, Jackson
realized he couldn’t accept his parents’ faith, but he explored any number of religions and consciousness-raising
movements to satisfy his spiritual yearnings. To a casual fan, meditation, Buddhism, and Native American spirituality
may seem an odd mix of resources with which to motivate highly paid, often egocentric professional athletes. Jackson,
however, made it work, combining sincerity with a message of teamwork and trust; of course, a healthy dose of basketball
acumen didn’t hurt, either. Jackson’s story, augmented by behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving Michael, Shaq, Kobe, and
others, makes for great reading. Hoop fans: read this alongside Bob Knight’s recent The Power of Negative Thinking
(2013) and then determine which coaching style would motivate you more and improve your life outside of basketball.
--Wes Lukowsky

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"Through candor and comprehensiveness, Jackson writes a convincing revisionist take, in which he emerges as
an excellent coach...highly readable...reflects Jackson’s polymathy."—The New York Times Book Review

"Part sports memoir, part New Age spirit quest, part pseudo-management tract...But the primary thing with Jackson — as
with all the old bards, who were also known for repeating themselves — is the voice."—Sam Anderson, The New York Times

"The legendary Bulls and Lakers leader's new book finally enlightened me to Jackson's lifelong dedication to the
game."—The Atlantic

"He tells you at different times to see beyond what is seen and to hear the unheard...applicable to groups in any walk
of life."—The Bleacher Report

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