By Jerry L. Walls, Gregory Bassham
What can the movie Hoosiers educate us concerning the that means of existence? How can old japanese knowledge traditions, comparable to Taoism and Zen Buddhism, increase our jump-shots? What can the "Zen Master" (Phil Jackson) and the "Big Aristotle" (Shaquille O'Neal) educate us approximately sustained excellence and good fortune? Is women's basketball "better" basketball? How, ethically, may still one care for a strategic cheater in pickup basketball? With NBA and NCAA group rosters regularly altering, what does it suggest to play for the "same team"? What can training legends Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski educate us approximately personality, fulfillment, and festival? What makes basketball this kind of attractive video game to observe and play?
Basketball is now the preferred staff activity within the usa; every year, greater than 50 million americans attend collage and professional basketball video games. whilst Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, first nailed peach baskets on the contrary ends of a Springfield, Massachusetts, health club in 1891, he had little suggestion of ways completely the sport could form American -- and foreign -- tradition. Hoops superstars equivalent to Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Yao Ming at the moment are immediately well-known celebrities all around the planet. So what can a bunch of philosophers upload to the knowledge of basketball? it's a particularly easy online game, yet as Kant and Dennis Rodman cherished to assert, appearances might be deceiving. trainer Phil Jackson actively makes use of philosophy to enhance participant functionality and to encourage and encourage his workforce and his fellow coaches, either off and on the court docket. Jackson has built-in philosophy into his training and his own lifestyles so completely that it is usually tough to differentiate his position as a basketball trainer from his position as a philosophical advisor and mentor to his gamers.
In Basketball and Philosophy, a Dream crew of twenty-six basketball lovers, so much of whom additionally ensue to be philosophers, proves that basketball is the considering person's activity. they appear at what occurs while the Tao meets the hardwood as they discover the teamwork, endurance, selflessness, and balanced and harmonious motion that make up the paintings of enjoying basketball.
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