10 Questions for Phil Jackson

Basketball coach Phil Jackson on love, Kobe Bryant, his fantasy team and why he won't return to the sidelines

David Johnson for TIME

You say in Eleven Rings that you never felt comfortable during victory celebrations, which is weird because you've had so many. Why was that?
The joy and relief after a ball game was fine. It's that parade two days later, when you're on a bus, you're on a truck with a platform on it, waving to fans, holding up the trophy. Let's not get too overboard here.

What do you mean when you write that the critical ingredient for a championship is love?
I know teams that get along well, they party together, but they're not about the sharing...

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