New York Knicks' Phil Jackson is already living up to his "Zen Master" nickname in his role as team president, installing a mandatory mindfulness training regimen before the season starts.
The 11-time championship coach spoke with writer Ben McGrath as part of The New Yorker Festival and talked about the importance of the technique in basketball, according to ESPN.
"There's a mindfulness training program that's very logical and very calm, quiet, and we've started the process with this team, and [first-year head coach] Derek [Fisher is] all for it. He's a proponent of it," Jackson said Sunday. "And yet I think that it's kind of what I am inserting in here as part of what I think has to happen because I know what effect it [has]. I think it's very difficult sometimes for a coach to do this because it's so anti what we are as athletes."
Jackson continued to say that the practice will help players eliminate distractions like bad calls during games.
- Brendan Maloy