- 11 time NBA coaching champion
- Author and speaker
- Leading motivator
Phil Jackson, who guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in his nine years as head coach, returned to the basketball after a one-year sabbatical and led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2000 NBA title in his first season as their coach.
Going into the 2002-03 season, Jackson owns a career coaching record of 726-258, his .738 winning percentage being by far the best in NBA annals. He has a career playoff record of 156-54, his winning percentage of .742 also heading the list. In terms of most victories, Jackson ranks 16th in the regular season but second in the playoffs.
Phil Jackson was named the head coach of the Lakers on June 16, 1999. Prior to his arrival, the Lakers were a team loaded with talent but one that couldn't get past the second round of the playoffs. Jackson stepped up the emphasis on defense, and the Lakers responded by winning an NBA-best 67 games in the regular season and more importantly going all the way in the playoffs.
With Shaquille O'Neal winning MVP honors and Kobe Bryant blossoming into a star at both ends of the floor...
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