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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Phil Jackson's road trip books for the Lakers

By Andy Kamenetzky

During Monday's practice, Phil Jackson hinted time spent gabbing with the media was interfering with a trip to the book shoppe for the yearly ritual of handing out road trip reading material for his players. Well, not to worry. The expedition was not only completed, but we can show you the goods, thanks to the Tweeting action of Jeanie Buss.

For the benefit of those without Twitter, I'll reprint:

Ron Artest: "Sacred Hoops" by Phil Jackson (AK's note: Jeanie noted how S.H. can benefit someone still learning the triangle)
Shannon Brown:
"Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama (AK's note: If Shannon reads this, he and the Prez will have something to talk about when the team visits the White House.)
Kobe Bryant:
"Montana 1948 "by Larry Watson

Andrew Bynum
:"Six Easy Pieces" by Walter Mosley
Jordan Farmar: "Makes Me Wanna Holler" by Nathan McCall
Derek Fisher: "Soul on Ice," by Eldridge Cleaver
Pau Gasol: "2666" by Roberto Bolano
DJ Mbenga: "Monster: the Autobiography of an LA Gang Member" by Sanyika Shakur (Author), Monster Kody Scott (Contributor) (AK's note: I read this a while back and it's a doozy.)
Adam Morrison: "Che – a Graphic Biography" by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
Lamar Odom: "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley (AK's note: Jeanie noted that Mosley is of Phil's favorite authors. PJ has good taste.)
Josh Powell: "The Souls of Black Folk" – W.E.B. Du Bois
Sasha Vujacic: "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie
Luke Walton: "The Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey