The Phil Jackson Book Club


Phil Jackson loves to explore the mind, this much we know. We also know he’s a huge fan of communicating with his players via his own methods, one of which is to hand out books to them during the season. The Zen Master is in more of a front office role now, so he might be more hands off and leave things in the capable(?) hands of Derek Fisher. 
But in case he doesn’t, over at Triangle Offense, I decided to brainstorm the books he would give to individual members of this Knicks team. 
You can read the entire piece here. An excerpt is below.

Carmelo Anthony
Book selection: “The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well Is The Key To Success” by Megan McArdle
What the book is about: Key quote from this tome: ”You’re not a failure. You’re someone who has failed.” McArdle’s bestseller is a study of fails and how they can turn out to be the greatest motivator.
Why it fits: It’s just the right read for Anthony, who re-upped with the Knicks after missing the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year NBA career.
J.R. Smith
Book selection: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
Why the book is about: One of the most popular self-help books in history, the classic’s stated goal is to get readers out of a mental rut and help them handle complaints and avoid arguments while drawing peers in with positive thinking.
Why this is the right choice: Re-read the paragraph above. While J.R.’s already practicing his wishful thinking he’s got a long way to go in convincing his teammates to follow him. Discussing this book with PhilJax could be a step in the right direction.

The Phil Jackson Book Club

Phil Jackson loves to explore the mind, this much we know. We also know he’s a huge fan of communicating with his players via his own methods, one of which is to hand out books to them during the season. The Zen Master is in more of a front office role now, so he might be more hands off and leave things in the capable(?) hands of Derek Fisher.

But in case he doesn’t, over at Triangle Offense, I decided to brainstorm the books he would give to individual members of this Knicks team. 

You can read the entire piece here. An excerpt is below.

Carmelo Anthony

Book selection: The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well Is The Key To Success” by Megan McArdle

What the book is about: Key quote from this tome: ”You’re not a failure. You’re someone who has failed.” McArdle’s bestseller is a study of fails and how they can turn out to be the greatest motivator.

Why it fits: It’s just the right read for Anthony, who re-upped with the Knicks after missing the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year NBA career.

J.R. Smith

Book selection: How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Why the book is about: One of the most popular self-help books in history, the classic’s stated goal is to get readers out of a mental rut and help them handle complaints and avoid arguments while drawing peers in with positive thinking.

Why this is the right choice: Re-read the paragraph above. While J.R.’s already practicing his wishful thinking he’s got a long way to go in convincing his teammates to follow him. Discussing this book with PhilJax could be a step in the right direction.


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