Phil Jackson

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Physical coach Mikkel Hjuler instructs Team Origen in a neck-strengthening exercise during a workout in Copenhagen. Photograph: Pete Kiehart/ The New York Times

The squats and leg lifts were harder than they looked and, after a few sets, Alfonso Aguirre Rodriguez placed his hands on his knees and tried to comp(...)

‘Mindfulness proponents do not get much bigger than Arianna Huffington’ Photograph: Reuters/Ruben Sprich

Not that long ago, an almost unknown American academic named Andrew Hafenbrack was sitting in a Berlin hotel room, idly scrolling through his emails a(...)

 Becky Hammon in 2016, as assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty

Ten years ago, Becky Hammon used to spend her winters playing point guard for CSKA Moscow in Russia. The quality of the league was top-class and the m(...)

Tiger Woods: like some child actor, preparing him for every feasible challenge on the course often involved neglecting his life off it. Photograph:  Darren Carroll/Getty Images

In December, 1996, four months before Tiger Woods won his first Major, he was the subject of a seminal Sports Illustrated profile by Gary Smith. The h(...)

Colm Cooper was named man of the match as Dr. Crokes reclaimed the Kerry SFC crown. Photograph: Inpho

Dr Crokes 2-16 Kenmare District 1-12 Phil Jackson the former Chicago Bulls coach wrote that the greatest quality a team can possesses is not a grou(...)

Michael Darragh MacAuley: “I nearly feel a bit guilty because the lads  worked their socks off all year and I only scraped in to rob a medal.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If it ain’t broke, fix it and make it better, as basketball coach Phil Jackson once said and which Michael Darragh MacAuley reckons could be the secr(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway could benefit from knowing when to go and when to stay, like a hybrid of Girvan Dempsey and Mike Brown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Well, a week on and I’m still as mad as hell. In the sanctity of my home I shouted and shouted at the TV last Sunday as Toulon opened the door for Lei(...)

Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, who  was drafted number four overall by the New York Knicks, towers over NBA commissioner Adam Silver, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

Basketball culture still reveres the tall man as Kristaps Porzingis, a 7ft 1in baller from Latvia, proved by becoming the most famous teenager in New (...)

Executive chairman of Madison Square Garden James Dolan (left) with Phil Jackson. Photograph:  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Shortly before the NBA season began, Phil Jackson announced that the New York Knicks had begun “mindfulness” training to make them better understand a(...)

Ireland forwards coach Peter Bracken talks to his players during an Irish squad session at the  FFR HQ, Marcoussis, Paris. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Enda McNulty, Irish rugby’s motivational guru, will not be pleased by this World Cup portrait starting with a splash of negative hue. It’s those dark (...)