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Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
NamePhil Jackson
PositionForward / Center
Height Ft6
Height In8
Weight Lb220
Number18, 17
Birth DateSeptember 17, 1945(age 71)
Birth PlaceDeer Lodge, Montana
High SchoolWilliston HS (Williston, North Dakota)
CollegeNorth Dakota (1964 1967)
Draft Year1967
Draft Round2
Draft Pick17
Draft TeamNew York Knicks
Career Start1967
Career End1980
Years1   |team1=New York Knicks
Years2   |team2=New Jersey Nets
Cyears1   |cteam1=Chicago Bulls
Cyears2   |cteam2=Los Angeles Lakers
Cyears3   |cteam3=Los Angeles Lakers
Highlights As player:
*2× NBA Champion (1970, 1973) *NBA All-Rookie First Team ( ) As coach:
*11× NBA Champion (1991 1993, 1996 1998, 2000 2002, 2009 2010) *6× Eastern Conference Champion (   ,    ) *7× Western Conference Champion (   ,  ,    ) *NBA Coach of the Year ( ) *4× NBA All-Star Game Coach (1992, 1996, 2000, 2009) *Top 10 Coaches in NBA History
Stat1value5,428 (6.7 ppg)
Stat2value3,454 (4.3 rpg)
Stat3value898 (1.1 apg)
HOF Coachphil-jackson

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Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is a retired American professional basketball coach and player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998; during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA titles from 2000 to 2010. In total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He holds the record for the most championships in NBA history as a player and a head coach, after breaking the tie between Bill Russell and him when the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals. Jackson was a player on the 1970 and 1973 NBA champion New York Knicks.

Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter's triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that is influenced by Eastern philosophy, earning him the nickname "Zen Master". Jackson cites Robert Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the major guiding forces in his life. He also applies Native American spiritual practices as documented in his book Sacred Hoops. He is the author of several candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. Jackson is also a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. In 2007 Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In 1996, as part of celebrations for the National Basketball Association's 50th anniversary, Jackson was named one of the 10 greatest coaches in league history.

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