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Schelling's Game TheoryHow to Make Decisions$
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Robert V. Dodge

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857203.001.0001

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Case Study: Overcoming Professional Basketball's Commons Dilemma

Case Study: Overcoming Professional Basketball's Commons Dilemma


(p.202) Chapter 17 Case Study: Overcoming Professional Basketball's Commons Dilemma
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Phil Jackson is the most successful coach in the history of the National Basketball Association, though he has little in common with the players. The son of two Assemblies of God ministers from the most rural of states, he coaches mostly African-American players who come from large urban areas. Basketball team is a “commons” where studies show individual self-interest competes with group, or team interest. Jackson has coached the greatest of all basketball players, Michael Jordan, and also other outstanding individuals such as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant; he has managed to turn them into team players where all who had tried before had failed. This chapter presents the story of this unusual man and how he overcame the multi-person prisoner's dilemma of the commons in a very public arena.

Keywords:   commons dilemma, incentive clauses, team sports, Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, basketball, cooperation

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