Fans give Phil Jackson chapter titles
Phil Jackson has disappeared at least for a while. He had an "exit interview" Wednesday, said something about riding around the world on a motorcycle and walked away from his historic career as an NBA coach -- perhaps the best there ever was.
When given the chance to brag, Jackson took the high road: "Talent wins. When you have talent to coach, it makes all the difference in the world. I've coached some of the best talent that's ever played the game."
As for an autobiography, Jackson didn't confirm any plans to sit down and write the chapters of his life. Presumably he will get around to it. But why wait? That's why we asked you to give us a taste by suggesting the chapter headings. You came through with the outline of a book that would be a sure-fire best seller, albeit probably not on Oprah's recommended list.
We're going to deviate from our usual Top 10 form by starting this list with "Chapter 1" and working our way to the book's conclusion with "Chapter 10."
This won't be the actual book but would be more fun to read:
Top 10 Chapter Headings for Phil Jackson's Autobiography
Chapter 1: "I Couldn't Play the Triangle in Marching Band," suggested by Steve L. of Baltimore.
Chapter 2: "Mediation, Peyote and Cattle -- The Montana Years," suggested by Bill P. of Tualatin, Ore.
Chapter 3: "First Coaching Tip: Never Select Sam Bowie Over Michael Jordan," suggested by Guillermo C. of Mexicali, Mexico.
Chapter 4: "Playing Mind Games on Jocks Isn't Easy -- It's Extremely Easy," suggested by Casey M. of Columbia, S.C.
Chapter 5: "Dennis Rodman Looked Really Good in a Dress," suggested by Ben M. of Peoria, Ill.
Chapter 6: "1,001 Things I've Wanted to Say to David Stern & His Trained Refs," suggested by Pat C. of San Francisco.
Chapter 7: "If I Take Cleveland to a Title, Will All of You Respect Me Then?" suggested by Charlie J. of Athens, Ga.
Chapter 8: Shortest chapter: "The Warmth and Humor of Kobe Bryant," suggested by Janice H. of Palo Alto, Calif.
Chapter 9: "If You Can't Take the Heat Now, Wait Until I'm There in 2012," suggested by Ron T. of Fort Wayne, Ind.
And the book's final chapter:
Chapter 10: "How I Out-Coached Rick Carlisle En Route to My 12th NBA Title (Editor's Note: Major Revision Needed Before Publication)" suggested by Ray T. of Fort Worth.
Told you it would be a good read -- even if that final chapter turned out to be fiction instead of fact.
We kid because we respect. May the Zen be with you wherever you go and whatever you write, Coach Jackson.