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 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.