Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty:
No question, I have a big job ahead of me. Now that we’ve hired Derek Fisher as the new head coach, we need to bring in some new players to complement Carmelo (who has decided to stay with the Knicks), change the team chemistry, and give the team more of the grit and character New York is famous for. Derek was an exceptional leader when he played for me on the Lakers and I’m certain he’ll inspire the players to meld together and play the game the right way.
Soon the honeymoon will be over. I can already sense the sharks circling in the water. But that doesn’t bother me. What matters now is waking up every morning and getting a chance to do something I’ve always dreams of: reawakening the team that Red Holzman built, the team that changed my life forever.