Washington (CNN) – Can legendary NBA basketball coach Phil Jackson teach Congress a thing or two about teamwork? A certain basketball aficionado seems to think so.
At a White House event Monday, President Obama asked Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson for a little help on the teamwork front. He described Jackson, who coached the Lakers to the 2009 NBA championship, as the "Zen master."
"I was hoping that, coach, you were going to bring some books for Republicans and Democrats in Congress, maybe to get them to start playing like a team together," said Obama, an avid basketball player. "Coach is famous for passing out books and helping people get the job done."
Jackson is known for giving his players books to read before they travel for away games. Last week, as the Lakers prepared to spend eight games away from home, Jackson handed out Obama's "Dreams from My Father" and his own book "Sacred Hoops," among a handful of other titles to his players, the Los Angeles Times reported.