The Times also revealed other tidbits from the book, which is set to be released Tuesday.
• Jackson’s interest in Zen picked up after he met a practicing Buddhist, who was a construction worker and helped build his house in the 1970s.
• Jackson’s words to Jordan after he showed up in the coach’s office in 1995 hoping to return to basketball after a failed attempt at a baseball career: “Well, I think we’ve got a uniform here that might fit you.””
ESPN commentators Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann enjoyed making light of the alliteration in his name and would always take notice of Trickle’s finish, regardless of his placement, according to WCNC-TV.
‘No sports figure Dan I had fun with took it more graciously. In fact, gratefully,’ Olbermann tweeted on Thursday.”