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“Richmond employs a folksy style that is both a homage to Jackson’s non-conformist persona and a playful jab at his Zen master reputation. Thankfully for readers, Richmond favors personal evolution over hagiography, which is the difference maker in this in-depth and entertaining work.”—Publisher’s Weekly

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Peter Richmond is the author of five other books, including The Glory Game (with Frank Gifford), which was a New York Times bestseller. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He lives with his wife in Dutchess County, New York.

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I'm not going to bash this book but... 19. Juni 2014
Von Jason - Veröffentlicht auf
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My first thought when I was reading this book was in the first page Richmond spoke to Jackson's agent and he said "Where were you a year ago when we were talking to writers about his next book?Good luck dude.No, Phil will not be part of your book." If I was the writer of a book and the subject didn't want to be part of it I would probably scrap the book. I feel like for a book to be successful you need a mix of the subject (Phil) and also all of the people in this book. Many of which seem to be quotes from other books. A lot of those quotes are from Phil's book. Not a great strategy.

The other thing that absolutely blew my mind was when I was reading there is a page when Richmond calls the Chicago Bulls the Bullets. I re-read it three or four time to make sure he in fact did mean Chicago Bulls. In my mind that alone takes away from the credibility of this book. How do I continue to read something that can not get the name of the team that the subject of the book is on right. How do I not think that he misquoted people, misspelled names, cities and just generally threw together a book to for the sake of writing a book. While I read to page 185, I will not continue to read any farther because I do not believe in this book.
Book Review: Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings by Peter Richmond 28. Mai 2014
Von SportsChump - Veröffentlicht auf
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With all this talk about Phil Jackson moving to Manhattan to salvage the woeful Knicks, a team that coincidentally hasn’t won a title since he played for them in the 1970s, I found now to be the perfect time to review Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings by Peter Richmond.

I wanted to read Richmond’s work because Phil just seems like a cool, collected kind of guy, the kind of guy you’d read a biography about just to see what makes him tick for inspiration’s sake. After all, not only does he have more rings than fingers, he also found the temperament to manage the greatest egos the game has ever seen.

Imagine smoking weed (and probably good weed) in the hills of Montana, winning championships with one of the coolest teams ever assembled, then going on to coach some of the NBA’s greatest players with all of them paying nothing but the utmost respect. Oh, and then bedding the daughter of one of the most renowned owners in NBA history. All seems pretty storybook to me. I mean, aside from the drawbacks of having to walk around on knobby knees all your life, who wouldn’t want to trade places with Phil Jackson?

There have been plenty of books written by Phil and about Phil but this time around Peter Richmond sets out to discover what made the Zen Master the most decorated coach in the game and more importantly, why he became that way. Why could Jackson “never, for his entire life, stay away from the basketball court,” why he “could never put aside childish games, why a man with a BA in philosophy, psychology and religion chose instead to join a multibillion-dollar entertainment industry whose sideline-stalking supervisors generally look like coronaries waiting to happen, doing their jobs with all the joy of one who’s just swallowed gravel.”

Richmond begins his tale when the young Jackson was “all kneecaps and elbows.” Later, as a college freshman, Jackson looked to “find the ‘true’ nature of his worldly reality… searching where no one else in jockocracy had thought to look.” Doesn’t sound like your everyday, run-of-the-mill basketball coach, does it? That’s because Phil Jackson is anything but that. The various accounts in this book attest to his nature.

In Lord, Richmond interviews seemingly everyone who ever associated with Jackson to provide a glimpse into his character: cerebral, deep, introspective, methodological, spiritual, everything we would expect from the one they call the Zen Master. According to his former sharp-shooter Craig Hodges “his aura precedes him. His energy precedes him. There’s just a certain kind of charismatic presence. He’s not trying to be charismatic, or knowledgeable, or a leader. He just is.”

Jackson’s experience with the Knicks laid the foundation for his future success on the sidelines. He was “the blue-print for coaching success: the bench player, the role player, the guy who sits and watches and listens, and knows what it means to have twelve men coalesce and win.”

Despite his moments of ink-headed rebelliousness, Jackson’s former rebounder extraordinaire/circus attraction Dennis Rodman perfectly encapsulated the Jacksonesque approach to Bulls’ basketball: “Just five different human beings on a basketball floor, with five different views, but all on the same highway, all going down the same road.” How Zen-like of him.
Here are a few things I did not know about Phil Jackson that I learned only after reading this book:

Both his parents were Pentecostal preachers.

Bill Fitch was Phil Jackson’s college coach at the University of North Dakota

Jackson once threw a one-hitter for UND against Arkansas State; he actually hoped for a career in baseball. Think of a cerebral Randy Johnson with a considerably better complexion.

In Phil’s sophomore season, UND finished with a 22-4 regular season record, losing in the regionals to a Southern Illinois team that was led by his future teammate, Walt Frazier. Both Frazier and Jackson would be drafted by the New York Knicks in 1967, Frazier the fifth pick in the first round, Jackson going in the second round. Red Holzman had traveled to North Dakota to scout Jackson. They would win two titles together less than five years later.

Michael Jordan was initially opposed to the triangle offense for he felt it would lead to decreased scoring opportunities for him.
Aside from needing a presence in the paint, another reason Phil Jackson pushed for signing John Salley in 1996 was because he was one of the few Pistons that hung around to shake their hands when the Bulls finally beat them in 1991.

Phil Jackson once used the scene in Friday where John Witherspoon knocks out Deebo (Tommy Lister) as inspiration when going against the Miami Heat and their “bully” Alonzo Mourning.

In case you had forgotten, Bulls’ owner Jerry Krauss publicly expressed his desire to win a championship without Michael Jordan. That statement always rubbed Bulls players the wrong way. To this day, Krauss still hasn’t done so.

Long time Los Angeles Laker AC Green practiced sexual abstinence until the age of 38. (Actually, I knew that. It’s just still fun to talk about.)

When going to L.A., Ron Artest chose his number 37 because, are you ready for this, 37 was the number of weeks Michael Jackson’s Thriller spent at number one.

Lord of the Rings will appeal to fans of any generation: fans of the early 70s Knicks, fans of the Chicago Bulls dynasties, fans of the Lakers championship teams that followed and anyone who cares to know more about what happened or reminisce about what they might have forgotten.

It’s an intimate account of all Phil’s championships, from the personal to the problematic and everything in between.
Those who played for Phil revered him; those who never had the chance would unleash criticisms that were likely rooted in jealousy. It might seem like Phil always had the best teams but in retrospect, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Getting all those teams to meld for as many championships as they did was nothing short of Zen-tastic. Reading Lord gives us a far better appreciation of that.

The book does get a little Phil-centric at times but why wouldn’t it? It’s a book about Phil.

I leave you with some of the author’s closing words about the Zen Master.

“Phil never relinquished the search, no matter where it took him. By studying and sifting and wrestling with the words of the elders of so many civilizations, he leaned not only how to teach but how to be taught – out on the fringe of the pasture but still within its fences. The natural desire to break away from a radically structured childhood, followed naturally by a self-serving few years in a Knick spotlight, gradually produced a man, not a caricature. Along the way, he gave athletes from every walk of life, many with their own agendas, a larger sense of perspective about their places on earth. And he will do so again.”

One can only hope.
Richmond is a good writer, but sometimes that's not enough to carry ... 10. Februar 2014
Von PlanetJJ - Veröffentlicht auf
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What can I say? Richmond is a good writer, but sometimes that's not enough to carry the whole show.
I liked the book, but I had a lot of issues with it. So, there you have it....

I read this book back in January. I was just at a B&N (November 8th) and saw the paper-back version next to Jackson's "11 Rings", I wanted to see if Richmond cleaned up some of his mistakes. Nope! He didn't.

Other than his need to clean up some factual errors. There are a bunch of other opinions Richmond shares which indicate to me that he hasn't seriously watched NBA Basketball since Red Holzman stopped Coaching the Knicks back in 1982

His 3 Biggest Mistakes, that any die hard NBA Fan would have a gripe with

Gripe #1 - Saying the Bulls v. Pacers Playoff Series in 1998 only went 6 games (not true; see notes #1 & #2 below)
Gripe #2-Saying Charles Barkley won the League MVP during the 1989-90 Season (not true; see note #4 below)
Gripe #3 - Saying that that during the "Infamous" Lakers v. Kings Series in 2002 that the Lakers had Home Court Advantage. This is far and away his worst and most inexcusable mistake (see note #7 below)


1- On p.213 of the hardcover, Richmond says the Bulls Disposed of the Pacers fairly handily in 6 Games in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals. Actually, this was the toughest of all of the Bulls Series during the Bulls Second 3-peat, run, going down to the Wire in Game 7. Ask any Basketball expert (something Richmond clearly is not)

2- Richmond actually mentions David Halberstam's "Playing for Keeps" and Bill Simmons "Book of Basketball" both of which go into detail about the famous 7 Game Series between the Bulls and the Pacers in 1998.

I really don't know how Richmond barely makes mention of that Series, and doesn't research how long it really went, especially when he quoted sections of Halberstam's book, yet (somehow must have) failed to go through the whole book to see which Series really mattered.

3- Richmond seems to think Dennis Rodman was only on the Spurs for 1 season (p.103 - hardcover) not two.

4 - Richmond seems to think Charles Barkley won the League MVP during the 1989-90 Season, (p.151 hardcover). It wasn't Barkley, it was Magic Johnson. Barkley Won his only League MVP during the 1992-93 Season.

5 - Richmond seems to think the Phoenix Suns won 59 Games during the 1991-92 Season (p.177 hardcover) not the 53, they actually won.

6- Richmond seems to "over-rate" Bill Cartwright's value as a Professional Basketball player, saying the Knicks made a huge mistake trading him for Charles Oakley the Summer leading up to the 88-89 Season [P.138 - hardcover]
*BTW - Bill Cartwright made Exactly 1 All Star Team his whole NBA career (that was during his rookie year 1979-80 Season)

7- Richmond (on p.252 hardcover) said that Game 6 of the Lakers v. Kings Series" in the 2002 Playoffs was at Arco Arena where the Sacramento Kings play their games, where everybody knows that atrocity of a game was played at the staples center, with so many famous videos and stories on it.


8 - Richmond mentions Kobe making a gay slur in 2009 (p.282 hardcover) it was actually in 2011.

9 - On Page 294 of the Hardcover, Richmond says Stan Van Gundy out-coached Doc Rivers in the 2009 playoffs. This is without him making any mention of how Kevin Garnett was injured during the whole playoffs and his injury riddled Boston Celtics team still pushed a healthy Orlando Magic Team to 7 Games

10 - Do a better job with sources, man! From everything you shared in your book, you seemed to have more access to former GM Jerry Krause, and you didn't make much of an effort to get much information for your book, from him, and I gather there were others, too.
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Crazy Writing Style 28. März 2014
Von glenn ford - Veröffentlicht auf
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People mention factual errors but the writing style is what got me. I had to read stuff over several times to get the gist. One description of a series that indicated 2-2 was stated as 3-1. I was scratching my head.
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Review from Closed the Cover 23. Februar 2014
Von Ashley LaMar - Veröffentlicht auf
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Is there any doubt that Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches in NB history? He is recognized internationally and has become a living legend. During his time as a basketball player he was known as a defensive disrupter and a master fouler; during his time as a basketball coach he was known as the “Zen Master.” Jackson led Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls to six championships, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to five; and retired in 2011 after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame with 11 championships rings. His life is full of achievement and is intricately detailed in Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings by Peter Richmond.

I am a sports fan but my fandom has leaned toward baseball, football and hockey before basketball. My husband prefers basketball so I picked up Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings with the hopes of educating myself on one of the legends of the game. I wasn’t disappointed by the facts and details included in this book by Peter Richmond. The Phil Jackson mystique elevates this book far above other sports biographies. Jackson’s coaching theories pull the best out of his players as is evident by his championships and success.

From what I understand some of the facts in the book are incorrect and Richmond’s memory may be mistaken. I never did fact-check the details in the book but it is an accusation that I have read in other reviews and from my husband. I enjoyed the book and the introduction to Phil Jackson. I would recommend the book to those, like me, who are new to Phil Jackson and his coaching legacy. It provides a strong overview of his early life, his time as an NBA player and his career as a coach.

Review by Ashley LaMar
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