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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil Jackson Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Symon Lagao | 1/29/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/20/2014

    " Wow, Kobe Bryant is an ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/19/2014

    " Great book. Taught me a lot about Kobe Bryant. Too bad Phil forgot what kind of person he is... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis | 1/4/2014

    " I thought this was a very intriguing book. Regardless of what you think about Kobe, the Lakers and/or Phil Jackson, "The Last Season" is a must-read for NBA fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/4/2014

    " This was interesting if you are into Phil Jackson or the Lakers but it was a bit superficial -- basically a series of journal essays of the Karl Malone/Gary Payton year before Jackson retired the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick Maye | 1/4/2014

    " Surprisingly good read and I hate the Lakers. Phil gives enough, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deker Kneeskern | 1/1/2014

    " It is an enjoyable read for someone who wants to get into the head of arguably the best coach in sports history. You'll learn a few lessons in basketball and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avisha | 12/31/2013

    " Phil Jackson's mind is amazing, and the way he views life is so simple and clean. How could his team have gotten so off track? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Gordon | 12/15/2013

    " Big fan of the Zen Master! Have to give him 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 12/11/2013

    " Kobe is such a baby. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Hovis | 12/1/2013

    " Phil Jackson's story of the Lakers and, specifically, the Shaq/Kobe tension. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tre | 9/5/2013

    " Good book tells you about his life and coaching career "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 7/29/2013

    " Good to hear confirmation on Kobe and some interesting insights re Shaq. Probably most enjoyable for a blow by blow on how the Lakers blew it so badly. Absurd that they could not win that year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/27/2013

    " It took me less than a week to read this. It's just not worth reading -- way too basketball-technical, and few interesting details about the people involved. Guess he didn't want to put in anything that would be too offensive. Hard for me to see how someone could like this book a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/24/2013

    " Phil is brutally honest in this book. The highlight, for me, is when he recounts hearing that Kobe had been charged with rape and admits that he wasn't surprised. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cody | 4/15/2012

    " This book was phenomenal. It was basically 300 pages or so of Phil Jackson being mad his season was getting constantly interrupted with his star player having to tend to his rape trials and thus ripping into him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes Wilcox | 2/12/2012

    " The team lost. Jackson retired/was forced out. He has no problem saying he liked the Chicago teams of the 90's better (how is that even debatable?) And Kobe Bryant is selfish. Was this book necessary in any way? I think not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Peterson | 1/23/2012

    " Very interesting look inside a very controversial season. Interesting insight from the man in charge of it all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jena | 10/6/2011

    " low rating comes from my disgust with Phil, who swore he wouldn't work with Kobe again, and then proceeded to do just that. I'm just over him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayden Hauff | 9/2/2011

    " Best book i have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also has 350 pages so counts as 2 books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 5/17/2011

    " Surprisingly good read and I hate the Lakers. Phil gives enough, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nsalmon | 5/10/2011

    " interesting insight to the NBA "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/6/2011

    " This was interesting if you are into Phil Jackson or the Lakers but it was a bit superficial -- basically a series of journal essays of the Karl Malone/Gary Payton year before Jackson retired the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/30/2011

    " Because...I'm a Laker fan like that! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 9/8/2010

    " I really liked this book since the author is the coach of my favorite basketball team. It really went into the struggles of the team and the difficulties of each player. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 7/17/2010

    " It took me less than a week to read this. It's just not worth reading -- way too basketball-technical, and few interesting details about the people involved. Guess he didn't want to put in anything that would be too offensive. Hard for me to see how someone could like this book a lot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 3/3/2010

    " It was not the last season "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 1/13/2010

    " Very interesting look inside a very controversial season. Interesting insight from the man in charge of it all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/26/2009

    " Okay read if you're stuffed with Xmas dinner and just want a distraction that would let your brain melt painlessly out of your ears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany Elaine | 12/7/2009

    " Lakers. I'm from LA. Enough said. "

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About the Author

Phil Jackson is the NBA’s career leader in playoff victories and playoff winning percentage; he has won nine NBA titles, tying Red Auerbach for the most in a lifetime. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.