Why Kobe Bryant Still Needs Phil Jackson

Posted: 28th June 2010 by Raj Antoine in NBA
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In his self-titled IMAX film, Michael Jordan spoke of how Phil Jackson had helped not only his understanding of the game but his understanding of life. The two were not mutually exclusive, however. Jordan credited Phil’s ability to apply his Zen philosophy to the game of basketball with helping him become a master of the moment and, ultimately, a master of the game. As Phil himself explained, “Michael so embraced this, and I think that was the beauty in his game—that he had all these abilities to adjust and not force his own predetermined idea.” It was Michael’s ability to seize the moment, to slow it down as he would say, that ultimately set him apart from every other player, dead or alive, when the games mattered most. The recent NBA Finals series against th ...

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