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