This book was written in 1995, after Michael Jordan's (first) return to basketball and after the Bull's loss in the conference finals (to the Magic, with Shaq and Penny) but before the second threepeat. Jackson talks here about his upbringing and his spiritual path from Pentecostal Christian to Zen practitioner and his development as a coach, with numerous examples from his teams in the CBA, Peurto-Rico and of course - and for the most part - the Chicago Bulls.
I love this book because of the way it naturally combines Zen and Christian insights and practices with hard-headed basketball coaching in real life, under the most stressful circumstances. I love that Jackson shows us how he uses Zen ideas and practices to enhance his own abilities as a coach and those of his own players. The results, obviously, speak for themselves. I also admire the fusion of monotheistic values with Eastern practice. In my view, if we are ever to have peace on this world, it will probably be a result of creating a culture that combines the best of the East and the West, and here Jackson shows us how this can be done. But first and foremost, this is a book about basketball and leadership in the context of the Chicago Bulls, and there are plenty of stories about both to satisfy fans of basketball in general and Bull's fans in particular.