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What can the movie Hoosiers educate us concerning the which means of existence? How can historical jap knowledge traditions, comparable to Taoism and Zen Buddhism, enhance our jump-shots? What can the "Zen grasp" (Phil Jackson) and the "Big Aristotle" (Shaquille O'Neal) educate us approximately sustained excellence and luck? Is women's basketball "better" basketball? How, ethically, should still one care for a strategic cheater in pickup basketball? With NBA and NCAA workforce rosters consistently altering, what does it suggest to play for the "same team"? What can training legends Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski train us approximately personality, success, and pageant? What makes basketball this sort of attractive online game to observe and play? Basketball is now the preferred crew recreation within the usa; every year, greater than 50 million americans attend collage and seasoned basketball video games. while 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 proposal of the way completely the sport may form American -- and foreign -- tradition. Hoops superstars comparable to Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Yao Ming at the moment are immediately well-known celebrities all around the planet. So what can a gaggle of philosophers upload to the certainty of basketball? it's a really easy video 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 inspire and encourage his group and his fellow coaches, either off and on the courtroom. Jackson has built-in philosophy into his training and his own lifestyles so completely that it is usually tricky to tell apart his position as a basketball trainer from his position as a philosophical advisor and mentor to his avid gamers. In Basketball and Philosophy, a Dream workforce of twenty-six basketball enthusiasts, so much of whom additionally ensue to be philosophers, proves that basketball is the considering person's activity. they give the impression of being at what occurs while the Tao meets the hardwood as they discover the teamwork, persistence, selflessness, and balanced and harmonious motion that make up the paintings of taking part in basketball.