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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,662 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil Jackson Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nine-time NBA Champion coach Phil Jackson knows all about being in the spotlight, about high-profile, high-pressure seasons coaching gigantic personalities through adversity and controversy in the middle of a media hothouse in which every move is another headline, another installment in the soap opera. But nothing, not six championships with the Bulls of Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Scottie Pippen, not three previous championships with the Lakers of Shaq and Kobe, had quite prepared him for the only-in-Hollywood high-wire act of the Lakers' 2003-2004 season.

In The Last Season: A Team In Search of Its Soul, Jackson tells the full inside story of the season that proved to be the final ride of this great Lakers dynasty. From its beginnings in the off-season, with the signing of the future Hall-of-Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton and the enormous expectations it created, and the bombshell news of the felony sexual-assault charges against Kobe Bryant, one of the league's marquee superstars, Jackson describes the many challenges that arose during this turbulent season. Juggling enormous egos with enormous sums at stake, managing difficult relationships and public feuds, facing injuries, contract disputes, and team meltdowns, all in the shadow of the Kobe Bryant trial-slash-media circus, Phil Jackson somehow guided his team through to its fourth NBA Finals in his five years as its coach. There, finally, his team ran out of road, a failure Jackson examines with the same deep honesty and wisdom he brings to bear on the rest of this amazing season.

Few seasons in memory can rival this one for drama, and fewer coaches rival Phil Jackson in the ability to write about it with such wisdom and clarity. The combination has produced, in The Last Season, a book of tremendous human drama and timeless appeal, rich in lessons about coaching and about life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Arthur Camara | 2/16/2014

    " The perspective Phil Jackson brought to a season was interesting. I've spent a lot of seasons watching basketball and rooting against Phil Jackson teams, so it was fun to read his thoughts on a season where he made it to the Finals and lost to my Pistons. I don't think anyone thought Jackson would make it back to the Lakers bench after the way he dogged Kobe in this book. Jackson has won enough games to finally make most people think as highly of Jackson as Jackson has always thought of himself. His healthy self-esteem comes across in the book, but it's still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/8/2014

    " Very insightful read of what makes and breaks a professional sports team - especially one with such a high profile. Very interesting in the context of Jackson returning to coach the Lakers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave 25 | 2/6/2014

    " Confirms that Kobe is a douche. Not breaking news, but a relief to know that my suspicions were correct. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Symon Lagao | 1/29/2014

    " I'm not a huge basketball fan so.. "

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