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Eleven Rings - Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty

Eleven Rings

By Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty

  • Release Date: 2013-05-21
  • Genre: Coaching
Score: 4.5
From 648 Ratings


During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.

This is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.

In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:

• Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s

• Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title

• Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync

• Inspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves

• Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team.

Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship—six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don’t know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.


  • Awesome book

    By Sbluman
    Great read.
  • Phil da man - to know that people think like him -

    By vp of dc
    The comfort & insight shared crossing philosophical realms of unity, understanding the power of music, psychology of chemistry within a team of how unity prevails over ego to be the best. The coach of this magnitude who understands players like Rodman & how their contrarian contribution can be managed not in ole skool ways but connecting to them so it becomes their responsibility is once in a lifetime. My ultimate respect for sincerity, vulnerability & the courage to incorporate his own style with Indian culture along w/ solid faith in God instills the soul into whatever Phil does. When I was playing football in college, I was visiting my older brother in Lincoln park in Chicago on my way back from a summer program in Rome. When a attractive, spiritual gal that crossed paths with gave me a copy of “The Peaceful Warrior,”which she told me that Phil Jackson had given this book to some of his players. Dan Millman’s book had a profound impact on my life teaching me about checking in your ego; and putting the right energy & intent out there so where the right people come into your life at the precise time. (Well not exactly how it goes, but when tapped in correctly - the magic does happen). Thanks Phil for truly an awesome book, where every 2 pages I was memorizing your quotes while simultaneously sending them off to my colleagues along with former athlete buddies. Brandon Wilson- Malibu
  • Peace of mind.

    By toeverymanhisown
    Good read.
  • Mastermind

    By loveofgood3
  • Awesomeness!

    By Sauceman skme
    A testament to mind over matter and the power and joy of We vs Me.
  • Really good book

    By gman2343!!
    I've always admired Phil as a coach and as a writer. Phil goes deep into spirituality; Bulls and Lakers here. Countless interesting tales about basketball legends and behind the scenes negotiations. Great examples of grace under pressure!
  • Great Book!

    By Jermog23
    I am proud to say that at 27 yrs old is the first book i read from start to end page by page word by word and i learned so much about basketball but i also felt like i was part of this journey great insight on the zen practice and how a religion can be connected to a sport such as basketball thank u!!
  • A must read

    By Eric Albert Domingo
    Couldn't put the book down. It's worth every penny.
  • Amazing story about an amazing sport and an amazing man

    By Kevin the muscle russell
    If you are looking for a historical documentation that is written with the eloquence of a novel, than this is it.
  • Great

    Not only about basketball but lessons about life itself