UPCOMING SIGNINGS WITH PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY BERNSTEIN ONLY:
Saturday, November 27:
Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 4:
Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica, 1 p.m.
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Journey to the Ring pairs Phil Jackson, the NBA’s most successful coach, and Andrew D. Bernstein, the NBA’s Senior Director of Photography, in an exciting, behind-the-scenes re- creation of the the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009-10 championship season.
Jackson, coach of eleven NBA championship teams, gives insight into last season's games, practices, his players, what he is saying in the huddle and more.
His narrative adds an eye for detail, allowing fans to learn not only how the Boston Celtics tried to stop Kobe Bryant in the Finals but why something is written on a shoe or how players practice pre-game rituals. The Lakers coach does not spare his dry wit, even for occasions such as the White House visit with the president.
Having long built a trust with the NBA’s biggest stars, Bernstein is given access to the Lakers’ practices, team planes, training room, coach's office, game-day meetings and off- the-court lives, from Ron Artest’s touch football game on the beach and Lamar Odom's poolside lounging at home to volunteer work with children and Chef Phil preparing a Jackson family Thanksgiving dinner. There is no shortage of game action, with commentary by Jackson.
What sets Journey to the Ring apart is the deep appreciation Jackson and Bernstein share for the depth of black and white photography which is elegantly reproduced here in four-color black and white processing.
*The Wall Street Journal bestseller (2009 edition) Hardcover Sports Nov. 13, 2009
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11.25 (W) x 10.75 (H)
NUMBER OF PAGES
216 Pages, B&W, Hardcover
Coach, Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew D. Bernstein
Senior Director, NBA Photos
"Andy was there for everything — the games, the behind-the-scenes shots, in the locker room, the practices. He gets to know you as a man and not just a basketball player, and I think that’s why he has some of the best photographs of anybody.”
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, L.A. Lakers, Hall of Famer, on NBA.com
“He’s one of the most influential people in the league because he’s giving you a real glimpse of what happens in the NBA and what a lot of NBA superstars go through to prepare for games. It’s intimate moments that he collects. Other photographers just take photos. He takes moments.”
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, in Lakers Magazine*
“Andy Bernstein is the rarest of artists, able to capture the most special and unique moments in our lives because he is our trusted friend, confidant, soul-and-team mate. His art is living history, more dependable than our own memory. We could always go to Andy for the answer to the hardest question — did that really happen?”
Bill Walton, Basketball Hall of Famer and TV analyst
“There are any number of photographers sitting courtside who can get all the action shots, and there are photographers who do beautiful studio work. Not many can do both, but Andy is one of the best I’ve seen.”
Neil Leifer, sports photographer, in Lakers Magazine
* Lakers Magazine quotes are condensed excerpts from an article by David Davis in the January/February 2009 issue.