Monday, March 15, 2010

Phil Jackson Required Reading for the LA Lakers

Phil Jackson has always required his players to read to better themselves. I have always wandered what he had them read. Thanks to his girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, the list of books for the Lakers has been announced. Here they are. This is some deep reading. I am not sure that I could tackle some of these novels.

The full list of Laker literature:

1. Kobe Bryant: “Montana 1948″ by Larry Watson

2. Derek Fisher: “Soul on Ice” by Eldridge Cleaver

3. Pau Gasol: “2666″ by Roberto Bolano

4. Lamar Odom: “The Right Mistake” by Walter Mosley (one of Jackson’s favorite authors, says Buss)

5. Ron Artest: “Sacred Hoops” by Phil Jackson* (Buss noted that Jackson likes his new players to become more familiar with his philosophies as laid out in his book)

6. Andrew Bynum: “Six Easy Pieces” by Walter Mosley

7. Jordan Farmar: “Makes Me Wanna Holler” by Nahan McCall

8. Shannon Brown: “Dreams from My Father” by Barack Obama

9. Luke Walton: “The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey

10. Josh Powell: “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois

11. Sasha Vujacic: “Reservation Blues” by Sherman Alexie

12. D.J. Mbenga: “Monster: the Autobiography of an LA Gang Member” by Sanyika Shakur (Author), Monster Kody Scott (Contributor)

13. Adam Morrison: “Che” – Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon – a Graphic Biography of Che Guevara

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