On Sunday, Phil Jackson, president of the New York Knicks, announced that he has hired someone to put the team through mindfulness training this season.
This may not come as a surprise, since Jackson is known for his passion for Eastern philosophy. According to ESPN, he's earned the nickname "Zen Master" in the basketball community by instilling the principles of mindfulness, visualization, and other techniques associated with Eastern religions in his teams in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Jackson explained the reasoning behind this decision to ESPN:
We're about action; we're about this intense activity that we've got to get after. And this mindfulness is about sitting still and being quiet and controlling your breath and allowing you to be in the moment, and yet it's so vital for a team to have this skill or players to have this skill. To be able to divorce themselves from what just happened that's inherent to them –– a referee's bad call, or an issue that goes on individually or against your opponent. You've got to be able to come back to your center and center yourself again.
Hopefully, if nothing else, the Knicks will find their centers in center court.
What do you think of Jackson's new policy? Think it'll help the players focus?