What the New York Knicks are Reading

by Rachel Baker on August 25, 2015

I love this article from the Wall Street Journal about the books Coach Derrick Fisher and General Manager Phil Jackson have assigned members of the NY Knicks. When Jackson took the job as GM for the NY sports team, I couldn’t wait to see the reading list he would assign. Recognizing the teams were slightly transient and there would be changes over the next few years, I felt I hadn’t quite seen the full glory of a Phil Jackson Required Reading List. This year, I think, will be different.

I’ll post the list of who’s reading what, but until then, this article will suffice. It talks about the books Fisher has already assigned the rookies’ and interestingly, Jackson discusses the decrease in reading due to electronic devices. My advice – buy everyone on the team a paperwhite (at least), and get them all Kindle accounts so they can read on their phones if they don’t have their reading device. …just saying…

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Paging Through the Knicks’ Summer Reading List

The book is one of several that Fisher, the Knicks’ second-year coach, has handed out to some of his players as a kind of summer reading list. He picked up the habit from team president Phil Jackson, who coached Fisher for nine years in Los Angeles and was known to give books to players during his Hall of Fame career with the Bulls and Lakers.

“Part of [assigning books] is to give them a sense of who their coach is, so they can understand how I view performance, competition and self-improvement,” Fisher said. “Plus, I just like to share information—training secrets, how to recover after practices and games, nutrition. Those are things I like to share to help guys out. And sometimes it’s easiest to share them in the form of a book.”

To this point, Fisher’s reading assignments have been for young, first-year players, and they have focused on cultivating a positive mentality—probably the most sensible subject for a team that went 17-65 last season.

Besides giving “The Positive Dog” to Porzingis, he gave “Developing the Leader Within You,” by John C. Maxwell, to first-round pick Jerian Grant and Gordon’s “Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else” to Cleanthony Early, the team’s top selection in the 2014 draft.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin. You can also follow her writing about women veteran interests at Shield Sisters

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