Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week: Phil Jackson


“The thirteenth-century Japanese Buddhist teacher Nichiren took a more pragmatic view. He wrote in a letter to his disciples who were being persecuted by feudal authorities that they should chant together ‘with the spirit of many in body but one in mind, transcending all differences among themselves to become as inseparable as fish and the water in which they swim.’ The unity that Nichiren prescribed was not a mechanical uniformity, imposed from without, but a connection that respected the unique qualities of each individual. ‘If the spirit of many in body but one in mind prevails among the people,’ he added, ‘they will achieve all their goals, whereas if one in body but different in mind, they can achieve nothing remarkable.’ That was the kind of unity I wanted to foster with the Lakers.”

—Phil Jackson, from his book Eleven Rings. He is considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history after leading his teams to a record 11 championships.