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Jeanie Buss: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson distributes books for eight-game trip

January 21, 2010 | 10:20 am

Phil Jackson

Apparently, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson did have time to make a trip to Borders. He joked with the media after Tuesday's practice that his interview session was preventing him from gathering his supply of books he planned to distribute to the team for its eight-game trip -- a custom he's done dating back to his coaching days with the Chicago Bulls.

Thanks to the insight of Jeanie Buss' Twitter page, we now have a finalized list. This is probably my own fault, but I haven't read any of the following books. I'll keep everyone posted on any player reactions regarding their book assignment.

Ron Artest: "Sacred Hoops" by Phil Jackson

Kobe Bryant: "Montana 1948" by Larry Watson

Shannon Brown: "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama

Andrew Bynum:"Six Easy Pieces" by Walter Mosley

Jordan Farmar: "Makes Me Wanna Holler" by Nathan McCall

Derek Fisher: "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver

Pau Gasol: "2666" by Roberto Bolano

DJ Mbenga: "Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member" by Sanyika Shakur(Author), Monster Kody Scott (Contributor)

Adam Morrison: "Che – A Graphic Biography" by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon

Lamar Odom: "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley

Josh Powell: "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois

Sasha Vujacic: "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie

Luke Walton: "The Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson listens to the national anthem during pregame ceremonies during the 2009 NBA Finals in Orlando, Fla. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times