Phil Jackson pulled off the greatest sales job in sports history:
He convinced Michael Jordan to share the ball.
Championships to follow.
Ask him how he did that. Ask him how long that process took at a time when Jordan was the most talented player in the NBA. You can ask him, you know. You can do it at a Trib Nation special event.
The Zen Master --- “Big Chief Triangle’’ to the Knicks --- wrote a new book called “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.’’ He’ll sell it to you and sign it if you’re one of the first 200 people at the Palmer House at 7 p.m. Thursday. Don’t bring pictures, jerseys or any of that. He won’t sign those things.
It’s a good deal. Get on it now at Tribnation.com/events. For $45, you get the book, an autograph and an audience with the coach of the Bulls’ six titles. For $20, you get a ticket into the event. Either way, you get a chance to engage Jackson, and he’s an engaging guy. Some people consider him smug and condescending, but what do New Yorkers know.
The event is co-hosted by Our Bulls Guy K.C. Johnson, and K.C. needs this, believe me. K.C. needs a chance to talk Bulls basketball without a daily Derrick Rose question. So, show up as an act of mercy for K.C., OK?
I don’t know what’s in the book because Jackson didn’t send me a free copy. And you won’t know what’s in the book because you won’t buy it until the event. But it doesn’t matter because you’ve lived and watched and cheered a lot of Jackson’s greatest moments. You can ask him about those happy-happy-joy-joy events.
But somebody might get to your question first. I get that, and because I'm a pleaser, not a teaser, I'm here to offer some substitute questions for you:
Phil, can you get me Michael Jordan’s autograph?
Phil, how did your conversation with Scottie Pippen go when there were 1.8 seconds left in that playoff game against the Knicks?
Phil, do you have Native American artifacts that are bigger than Jeff Van Gundy?
Phil, why did Jerry Krause so breathlessly proclaim that your contract for 1997-98 would be your last when at that point the team might’ve continued to win titles?
Phil, do you still uncork a gravelly blast of “Hor-ace’’ just out of habit?
Phil, what’s it like to be engaged to a woman who posed for Playboy?
Phil, what’s it like to be engaged to a woman whose brother took over the team and apparently didn’t like you or at least didn’t want to rehire you to coach?
Phil, when will Derrick Rose play?