Phil Jackson: Book Reports Due Next Friday
Covered in the LA Times and other outlets, Phil Jackson was spied at a Southern California bookstore with a three foot stack of books.
What was he doing?
Kicking off the annual book report project for the LA Lakers, apparently something he does before every long winter travel trip. Each title is selected for each individual player and The Literary Hammer also asks that the player submit a written book report after reading it. (Unverified fact, but why let the details get in the way of a great story???)
Don’t expect a big list of lightweight reads, the list has surprising range:
1) Derek Fisher: “Soul on Ice,” by Eldridge Cleaver.
2) Adam Morrison: “Che,” by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon.
3) Shannon Brown: “Dreams for My Father,” by Barack Obama.
4) Josh Powell: “The Souls of Black Folk,” by W.E.B. Du Bois.
5) Lamar Odom: “The Right Mistake,” by Walter Mosley.
6) Andrew Bynum: “Six Easy Pieces,” by Walter Mosley.
7) Sash Vujcic: “Reservation Blues,” by Sherman Alexie.
8) Paul Gasol: “2666”, by Roberto Bolano.
9) Ron Artest: “Sacred Hoops,” by Phil Jackson.
10) Jordan Farmar: “Makes Me Wanna Holler,” by Nathan McCall.
11) Kobe Bryant: “Montana 1948,” by Larry Watson.
12) DJ Mbenga: “Monster: the Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member,” by Sanyika Shakur and Monster Kody Scott.
13) Luke Walton: “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” by Edward Abbey.
Inspiring for sure.
Except that Jackson said that Kobe never reads his pick.