Phil Jackson Speaker Profile
Phil Jackson Biography
Phil Jackson was born September 17, 1945 and is a retired basketballcoach and former player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatestcoaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hisreputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through1998; during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the LosAngeles Lakers, won five NBA titles from 2000 to 2010. In total, Jackson haswon 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by RedAuerbach. He holds the record for the most championships in NBA history as aplayer and a head coach, after breaking the tie with Bill Russell when the LosAngeles Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals. He also has the highest winningpercentage of any NBA coach (.704). Jackson was a player on the 1970 and 1973NBA champion New York Knicks.
Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter's triangleoffense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that is influenced byEastern philosophy, earning him the nickname Zen Master. Jacksoncites Robert Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one ofthe major guiding forces in his life. He also applies Native American spiritualpractices as documented in his book Sacred Hoops. He is the author ofseveral candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. Jackson isalso a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. In 2007Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 1996, as part of celebrations for the National BasketballAssociation's 50th anniversary, Jackson was named one of the 10 greatestcoaches in league history.
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