Al Reiger, The Western Courier: Some call it mental toughness. The ability to block out the thousands of screaming fans, the pressure of failing your team and school can give the young athletes on the Florida Gulf Coast men’s basketball team a competitive edge as they make their push toward the Elite Eight
Mindfulness, visualization and compassion — practices rooted in ancient eastern religions such as Buddhism — have been proven to help people with addictions, life problems and to foster happiness overall.
Dubbed the “Zen Master,” former NBA head coach Phil Jackson applied these principles of Buddhism to his life and…
Phil Jackson’s career may end with 11 NBA Championships, as it appears Phil is close to retiring…for good.
“I’m leaning towards retiring,” he said, “but I have not made up my mind.” His final decision will come sometime next week. Jackson, 64, is undergoing various medical tests, the results of which will weigh heavily in his decision.
“Some of it’s about health, some of it’s about that’s the way I feel right now. I’ve had vacillating feelings about it. It’s hard not to feel like coming back when you’re speaking to these players and have an opportunity to coach a team that’s this good. But, it’s what I feel like right now and what I … Read more »
The Lakers have an opportunity to prove, on Thursday, that they are the best team in the world. They are favored to do so. And if you listen to the coaching staff, they will be uniquely prepared to do so thanks to the team’s carefully cultivated meditation habits.
The Laker coaching staff is focused on relaxing the players, even though one of the most consistent critiques of the team has been their occasional nonchalance. There is barely ever even the slightest shred of desperation about how they carry themselves. Not much in the way of screaming coaches or players flying off the handle. Bobby Knight is not about to walk through that door. When they … Read more »