Phil Jackson – who holds a record of 10 NBA winning championship as a coach – actual Los Angeles Lakers coach – and former Jordan’s Bulls champion – author “Sacred Hoops" – great book that I recommend to read – warned his players , at the opening of the season, how to keep their motivation intact for this new season:
“The distractions are great and people living in the past, you‘re only a success in the moment when you compete a successful act – that’s one of the things we keep telling these players. Last year’s success, that was over in June”
Overall though, Jackson feels past success is a key component in building future glory.
“The idea that you have to protect something or defend something is always a good deal for a team. Those are things that these guys are aware of”