New York Knicks in mindfulness sessions
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is the zen master.
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That the Knicks take part in mindfulness exercises is not new. They have done so since Phil Jackson took over as team president in 2014. But after two years with George Mumford, a friend of Jackson’s, leading the sessions, Jackson has taken over himself this season.
His influence, and the value of the sessions, is not that easy to gauge, since various Knicks have various opinions on the matter. But in general, most players said they found the exercises useful, even if they were not quite sure what they were doing…
While Jackson obviously believes in it — he did not respond to a request for comment for this article — describing what it entails is a little more difficult…
The Knicks have held this season’s mindfulness sessions since the start of training camp and try to have one once a week if they are at home. Before the team watches game tapes, the players, Jackson and Coach Jeff Hornacek will gather in the film room. The mindfulness meetings can then last upward of 15 minutes.
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