Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint

Basketball and Philosophy Thinking Outside the Paint What can the film Hoosiers teach us about the meaning of life How can ancient Eastern wisdom traditions such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism improve our jump shots What can the Zen Master Phil Jackson an

  • Title: Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint
  • Author: Jerry L. Walls Dick Vitale
  • ISBN: 9780813191867
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • What can the film Hoosiers teach us about the meaning of life How can ancient Eastern wisdom traditions, such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism, improve our jump shots What can the Zen Master Phil Jackson and the Big Aristotle Shaquille O Neal teach us about sustained excellence and success Is women s basketball better basketball How, ethically, should one deal withWhat can the film Hoosiers teach us about the meaning of life How can ancient Eastern wisdom traditions, such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism, improve our jump shots What can the Zen Master Phil Jackson and the Big Aristotle Shaquille O Neal teach us about sustained excellence and success Is women s basketball better basketball How, ethically, should one deal with a strategic cheater in pickup basketball With NBA and NCAA team rosters constantly changing, what does it mean to play for the same team What can coaching legends Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski teach us about character, achievement, and competition What makes basketball such a beautiful game to watch and play Basketball is now the most popular team sport in the United States each year, than 50 million Americans attend college and pro basketball games When Dr James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, first nailed two peach baskets at the opposite ends of a Springfield, Massachusetts, gym in 1891, he had little idea of how thoroughly the game would shape American and international culture Hoops superstars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Yao Ming are now instantly recognized celebrities all across the planet So what can a group of philosophers add to the understanding of basketball It is a relatively simple game, but as Kant and Dennis Rodman liked to say, appearances can be deceiving Coach Phil Jackson actively uses philosophy to improve player performance and to motivate and inspire his team and his fellow coaches, both on and off the court Jackson has integrated philosophy into his coaching and his personal life so thoroughly that it is often difficult to distinguish his role as a basketball coach from his role as a philosophical guide and mentor to his players In Basketball and Philosophy, a Dream Team of twenty six basketball fans, most of whom also happen to be philosophers, proves that basketball is the thinking person s sport They look at what happens when the Tao meets the hardwood as they explore the teamwork, patience, selflessness, and balanced and harmonious action that make up the art of playing basketball.

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    1 thought on “Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint”

    1. I have to stop doing this to myself. You can only read about Aristotelian ethics being applied to popular culture so many times before you begin to think that maybe cutting yourself isn't such a bad idea. These type of books are written for philosophical greenhorns and as a result most of the essays are repetitive, so repetitive in fact that I had to skip over large chunks of them just to keep from throwing the damn book against the wall. But there were a few essays worth commenting on. Basketb [...]

    2. Good book -- definitely a different take on how the brain affects a very physical sport. Covers many points of view, some very applicable to day to day life, some very applicable to basketball, and some merely anecdotal and deep.

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