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Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
Jackson in 2009
New York Knicks
Position President
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1945-09-17) September 17, 1945
Deer Lodge, Montana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Williston (Williston, North Dakota)
College North Dakota (1964–1967)
NBA draft 1967 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1967–1980
Position Forward / Center
Number 18, 17
Coaching career 1983–2011
Career history
As player:
19671978 New York Knicks
19781980 New Jersey Nets
As coach:
19781981 New Jersey Nets (assistant)
1982–1987 Albany Patroons
19871989 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
19891998 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As head coach:

Career statistics
Points 5,428 (6.7 ppg)
Rebounds 3,454 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 898 (1.1 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, former coach and former player, currently serving as president of the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA championships. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five championships from 2000 until 2010. In total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He also won two championships as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973,[2] and holds the NBA record for the most combined championships (13) as a player and a head coach. He also has the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704).[3][4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8][4][9][10] He retired from coaching in 2011 before joining the Knicks as an executive in March 2014.[11][12]


  • Early life 1
  • High school career 2
  • College career 3
  • NBA playing career 4
  • Coaching career 5
    • Chicago Bulls 5.1
    • Los Angeles Lakers 5.2
  • Executive career 6
  • Awards 7
  • Motivational techniques 8
  • Coaching tree 9
  • Head coaching record 10
  • Personal life 11
  • Books 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • Further reading 15
  • External links 16

Early life

Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, Montana. Both of his parents, Charles and Elisabeth Funk[13] Jackson, were Assemblies of God ministers. Elisabeth came from a long line of German Mennonites before her conversion to the Assemblies of God. In the churches that they served, his father generally preached on Sunday mornings and his mother on Sunday evenings. Eventually, his father became a ministerial supervisor.[13] Phil, his two brothers, and his half-sister grew up in a remote area of Montana in an austere environment, in which no dancing or television was allowed. Jackson did not see his first movie until he was a senior in high school, and went to a dance for the first time in college.[13] Growing up, he assumed he would become a minister.

High school career

Jackson attended high school in Williston, North Dakota, where he played varsity basketball and led the team to two state titles. He also played football, was a pitcher on the baseball team, and threw the discus in track and field competitions.[13] The high school now has a sports complex named after him.[14] His brother Chuck speculated years later that the three Jackson sons threw themselves passionately into athletics because it was the only time they were allowed to do what other children were doing.[13] Jackson attracted the attention of several baseball scouts. Their notes found their way to future NBA coach Bill Fitch, who had previously coached baseball, and had been doing some scouting for the Atlanta Braves. Fitch took over as head basketball coach at the University of North Dakota in the spring of 1962, during Jackson's junior year of high school.[13]

College career

Bill Fitch successfully recruited Jackson to the University of North Dakota, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[13][15] Jackson did well there, helping the Fighting Sioux to third- and fourth-place finishes in the NCAA Division II tournament in his sophomore and junior years (1965 and 1966). Both years, they were beaten by the Southern Illinois Salukis.[13] Jackson's future Knicks teammate Walt Frazier was the Salukis' biggest star, but the two only faced off in 1965, as Frazier was academically ineligible in 1966.

NBA playing career

Jackson circa 1968

In 1967, Jackson was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks. While he was a good all-around athlete, with unusually long arms, he was limited offensively and compensated with intelligence and hard work on defense.[13] Jackson eventually established himself as a fan favorite and one of the NBA's leading substitutes. He was a top reserve on the Knicks team that won the NBA title in 1973. Jackson did not play during New York's 1969–70 championship season due to spinal fusion surgery; however, he authored a book entitled Take It All, a photo diary of the Knicks' 1970 championship run.

Soon after the 1973 title, several key starters retired, creating an opening for Jackson in the starting lineup.[13] In the 1974–75 NBA season, Jackson and the Milwaukee Bucks' Bob Dandridge shared the lead for total personal fouls, with 330 each.[16] Jackson lived in Leonia, New Jersey, during this time.[17] After going across the Hudson in 1978 to play two seasons for the New Jersey Nets, he retired as a player in 1980.

Coaching career

In the following years, he mainly coached in lower-level professional leagues, notably the Continental Basketball Association and Puerto Rico's National Superior Basketball (BSN). While in the CBA, he won his first coaching championship, leading the Albany Patroons to their first CBA title in 1984. In Puerto Rico, he coached the Piratas de Quebradillas (1984 and 1987) and the Gallitos de Isabela (1984–1986), both teams with great tradition in the league. He regularly sought an NBA job, but was invariably turned down. He had acquired a reputation for being sympathetic to the counterculture during his playing years, which may have scared off potential NBA employers.[13]

Chicago Bulls

Jackson was hired as assistant coach, under Doug Collins, for the Bulls in 1987, and was promoted to head coach in 1989. It was around this time that he met Tex Winter and became a devotee of Winter's triangle offense.[18][19] Over nine seasons, Jackson coached the Bulls to six championships, winning three straight championships over separate three-year periods. The "three-peat" was the first since the Boston Celtics won eight titles in a row from 1959 through 1966.

Michael Jordan (left) and Phil Jackson

Jackson and the Bulls made the playoffs every year, and failed to win the title only three times. Michael Jordan's first retirement after the 1992–1993 season marked the end of the first "three-peat", and although Jordan returned just before the 1995 playoffs, it was not enough to prevent a playoff elimination by the Orlando Magic.

Despite the Bulls' success, tension between Jackson and Bulls general manager Jerry Krause grew. Some believed that Krause felt under-recognized for building a championship team and believed that Jackson was indebted to him for giving him his first NBA coaching job. In the summer of 1997, Jackson was not invited to the wedding of Krause's stepdaughter, although all of the Bulls' assistant coaches were, as was Tim Floyd, then head coach at Iowa State, Jackson's eventual successor.[13] After contentious negotiations, Jackson was signed for the 1997–98 season only. Krause announced the signing by emphasizing that Jackson would not be rehired even if the Bulls won the 1997–98 title. Jackson then told Krause that he seemed to be rooting for the other side, to which Krause responded, "I don't care if it's 82-and-0 this year, you're fucking gone."[13] Krause publicly portrayed Jackson as a two-faced character who had very little regard for his assistant coaches.

After the Bulls' final title of the Jordan era in 1998, Jackson left the team vowing never to coach again.[20] However, after taking a year off, he decided to give it another chance with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999.

Los Angeles Lakers

Jackson took over a talented Lakers team and immediately produced results as he did in Chicago. In his first year in L.A., the Lakers went 67–15 during the regular season to top the league. Reaching the conference finals, they dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers in a tough seven-game series and then won the 2000 NBA championship by beating the Indiana Pacers.

With the talented superstar duo of A. C. Green, Robert Horry, and Brian Shaw, and the assistance of former Bulls Horace Grant, Ron Harper, and John Salley, Jackson would lead the Lakers to two additional titles in 2001 and 2002, against the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, adding up to his third three-peat as head coach. The main serious challenge the Lakers faced was from their conference rival, the Sacramento Kings.

Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers

However, injuries, weak bench play, and full-blown public tension between Bryant and O'Neal slowed the team down, and they were beaten in the second round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs. Afterward, Jackson clashed frequently with Bryant. While remarkably efficient in Jackson's "triangle offense", Bryant had a personal distaste for Jackson's brand of basketball and subsequently called it "boring." In games, Bryant would often disregard the set offense completely to experiment with his own one-on-one moves, incensing the normally calm Jackson. Bryant managed to test Jackson's patience enough that the "Zen Master" even demanded that Bryant be traded, although Laker management rejected the request.

Prior to the 2003–04 season, the Lakers signed NBA star veterans Karl Malone and Gary Payton, who had been franchise players for the Utah Jazz and the Seattle SuperSonics, respectively, leading to predictions by some that the team would finish with the best record in NBA history. But from the first day of training camp, the Lakers were beset by distractions. Bryant's trial for alleged sexual assault, continued public sniping between O'Neal and Bryant, and repeated disputes between Jackson and Bryant all affected the team during the season. Despite these distractions, the Lakers beat the defending champion Spurs en route to advancing to the 2004 NBA Finals and were heavy favorites to regain the title. However, they were upset by the Detroit Pistons, who used their strong defense to dominate the Lakers, winning the title four games to one. This marked the first time in ten attempts as head coach that Jackson had lost in the NBA Finals.

On June 18, 2004, three days after the loss to the Pistons, the Lakers announced that Jackson would leave his position as Lakers coach. Jackson was seeking to double his salary from $6 million to $12 million on his expiring contract. He had a contract offer outstanding from the Lakers, but he had not acted on it.[21] Winter said Jackson announced at the All-Star break that he would not want to return to the Lakers if Bryant returned.[21] Many fans attributed Jackson's departure directly to the wishes of Bryant, as Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss reportedly sided with Bryant. Jackson, Bryant and Buss all denied that Bryant had made any explicit demand regarding Jackson. However, O'Neal, upon hearing General Manager Mitch Kupchak's announcement of the team's willingness to trade O'Neal and its intention to keep Bryant, indicated that he felt the franchise was indeed pandering to Bryant's wishes with the departure of Jackson. O'Neal's trade to the Miami Heat was the end of the "Trifecta" that had led the Lakers to three championship titles.

That fall, Jackson released The Last Season, a book which describes his point of view of the tensions that surrounded the 2003–04 Lakers team. The book was pointedly critical of Kobe Bryant.

Without Jackson and O'Neal the Lakers were forced to become a faster paced team on the court. Though they achieved some success in the first half of the season, injuries to several players including stars Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom forced the team out of contention, going 34–48 in 2004–05 and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. Rudy Tomjanovich, Jackson's successor as coach, resigned midway through the season after coaching just 41 games, citing health issues not relating to his past bout with bladder cancer, which immediately led to speculation that the Lakers might bring Jackson back.

On June 15, 2005, the Lakers rehired Jackson. Jackson took a Laker squad that was mediocre, aside from Bryant, and led them to a seventh-seed playoff berth. Once again promoting the notion of selfless team play embodied by the triangle offense, the team achieved substantial results, especially in the last month of the season. Jackson also worked seamlessly with Bryant, who had earlier shown his desire to bring back Jackson to the bench. Bryant's regular-season performance won him the league scoring title and made him a finalist in MVP voting. However, the Lakers faced a tough 2006 first-round matchup against the second-seeded Phoenix Suns, who were led by eventual MVP winner Steve Nash. It was the first time that Jackson's team had failed to reach the second round of the playoffs. The Lakers jumped out to a 3–1 lead following a dramatic last second shot by Bryant in overtime to win game four, but the Suns recovered to win the last three and take the series.

Jackson (right) in 2008

On January 7, 2007, Jackson won his 900th game, then placing him 9th on the all-time win list for NBA coaches. With this win, Jackson became the fastest to reach 900 career wins, doing so in only 1,264 games and beating Pat Riley's previous record of 900 in 1,278 games.

On December 12, 2007, after announcing he would return to his position as coach just a few days prior, Jackson inked a 2-year contract extension to continue his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers through the end of the 2009–2010 season.

During the 2007–08 season, the Lakers were able to obtain Pau Gasol in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. With another star to pair with Bryant, Jackson coached the Lakers to an appearance in the 2008 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. Boston went on to win the series 4–2, in the process handing Jackson and the Lakers their worst playoff loss ever in Game 6, a 39-point defeat. It was only the 2nd time in 11 appearances that Jackson had lost an NBA Finals.

On December 25, 2008, Jackson became the sixth coach to win 1,000 games, with the Lakers defeating the Celtics in their first matchup since the last year's finals. He was the fastest to win 1,000 games, surpassing Pat Riley, who had taken 11 more games than Jackson.

Jackson again coached the Lakers to the NBA Finals in 2009, defeating the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets in the process. In the Finals, the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 4–1, clinching Jackson's 10th NBA championship as head coach and surpassing the record for most championships won by a head coach previously held by him and Red Auerbach.

On February 3, 2010, Jackson recorded his 534th win as Lakers head coach, surpassing Pat Riley to become the most successful coach in franchise history. The Lakers would go on to a fifth consecutive playoff berth in 2010. They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, and Phoenix Suns in the playoffs before defeating the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals, earning Jackson his eleventh NBA championship as head coach and his fifth with the Lakers.[22] He tied original Lakers head coach John Kundla's record for most NBA championships won by a head coach in Lakers franchise history.

On July 1, 2010, Jackson, after giving it tremendous thought and consulting with his doctors over health concerns, announced that he would return to coach the Lakers for the 2010–11 season.[23] On August 2, 2010, Jackson signed a new contract with the Lakers to return for what he mentioned was "his last stand", meaning the 2010–11 season would be his last. In January 2011, he reiterated that it would be his final season, explaining that in the past there was the possibility that maybe he would reconsider. "This year, there's no maybe," said Jackson.[24] He retired after the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs in the conference semifinals by that season's eventual NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks.[25][26] In his final news conference that season, he noted that he did not have much of a relationship with Jerry or Jim Buss, and said, "When I leave here, I don't anticipate Lakers management will call me up and ask my advice."[27]

After the Lakers fired Jackson's successor, Mike Brown, early in the 2012–13 season, they first approached Jackson to replace Brown. Jackson requested two days to consider the opening. He believed the Lakers would wait for his response, but the Lakers thought it was understood they would continue their search. The next day, the team talked with Mike D'Antoni and hired him in a unanimous decision by the front office.[28][29][30][31] They felt D'Antoni's fast-paced style of play made him a "great fit" for the team, more suitable than Jackson's structured triangle offense.[28][29][32][33] Jerry Buss' preference has always been for the Lakers to have a wide-open offense.[28] In the two games leading up to D'Antoni's signing, Lakers fans at Staples Center had chanted "We Want Phil!"[28]

Executive career

In 2014, Jackson was in discussions for months with the New York Knicks regarding an executive position with the team.[34] On March 18, he was introduced as the president of the Knicks after signing a five-year, $60 million contract.[35][36]


In 1996, Jackson won the NBA Coach of the Year Award. In the same year he was named one of the ten greatest NBA coaches of all time by vote in an unranked compilation.[37][38] At the time he was in his 8th year coaching; in the seven years prior he coached 574 games and won 414, with only 160 losses, and had a win-loss percentage of 72.1% – the highest of any coach on the list at that time. He continued his success in his later career; cumulative careers in perspective, he retains the highest win-loss percentage of any coach on this list at 70.4% (1155 wins, 485 losses).[4]

In 2002 and 2010 the United States Sports Academy awarded Jackson the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award.[39][40]

Motivational techniques

Along with being called the "Zen Master", Jackson is known as the master of mind games.

In the 2001 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, Jackson had Tyronn Lue, a player on the Lakers who was comparable in size and height to Sixers star Allen Iverson, wear a sock on his arm during Lakers practice to simulate Iverson's use of a compression arm sleeve as part of his regular gametime attire. Philadelphia media considered this to be a mind game tactic of Jackson's, but the main idea was to simulate what a game against Iverson is like, right down to the tattoos and cornrows (which Lue also had).[41]

Coaching tree

These former players or assistant coaches of Phil Jackson have become head coaches at the collegiate or professional level.

John Paxson, who played for the Bulls under Jackson from 1989 to 1994, was general manager for the Chicago Bulls from 2003 to 2009 and has been the Bulls' Vice President for Basketball Operations since 2009.

Head coaching record

Jackson has had a winning record every year as a head coach, and currently has the highest winning percentage of any Hall of Fame coach, and further the highest of any NBA coach coaching 500 games or more. Along with his NBA-record eleven championships, he is the only coach to win at least ten championships in any of North America's major professional sports.

At the end of the 2010 season he had the fifth most wins of any NBA coach, and was one of only six to have over 1,000 wins. Of those six he was the only one who had not coached over 1,900 games, and likewise the only one not included in the top ten total games coached.[42]

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Chicago 1989–90 82 55 27 .671 2nd in Central 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conf. Finals
Chicago 1990–91 82 61 21 .744 1st in Central 17 15 2 .882 Won NBA Championship
Chicago 1991–92 82 67 15 .817 1st in Central 22 15 7 .682 Won NBA Championship
Chicago 1992–93 82 57 25 .695 1st in Central 19 15 4 .789 Won NBA Championship
Chicago 1993–94 82 55 27 .671 2nd in Central 10 6 4 .600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Chicago 1994–95 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Central 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Chicago 1995–96 82 72 10 .878 1st in Central 18 15 3 .833 Won NBA Championship
Chicago 1996–97 82 69 13 .841 1st in Central 19 15 4 .789 Won NBA Championship
Chicago 1997–98 82 62 20 .756 1st in Central 21 15 6 .714 Won NBA Championship
L.A. Lakers 1999–00 82 67 15 .817 1st in Pacific 23 15 8 .652 Won NBA Championship
L.A. Lakers 2000–01 82 56 26 .683 1st in Pacific 16 15 1 .938 Won NBA Championship
L.A. Lakers 2001–02 82 58 24 .707 2nd in Pacific 19 15 4 .789 Won NBA Championship
L.A. Lakers 2002–03 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Pacific 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
L.A. Lakers 2003–04 82 56 26 .683 1st in Pacific 22 13 9 .591 Lost in NBA Finals
L.A. Lakers 2005–06 82 45 37 .549 3rd in Pacific 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
L.A. Lakers 2006–07 82 42 40 .512 2nd in Pacific 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
L.A. Lakers 2007–08 82 57 25 .695 1st in Pacific 21 14 7 .667 Lost in NBA Finals
L.A. Lakers 2008–09 82 65 17 .793 1st in Pacific 23 16 7 .696 Won NBA Championship
L.A. Lakers 2009–10 82 57 25 .695 1st in Pacific 23 16 7 .696 Won NBA Championship
L.A. Lakers 2010–11 82 57 25 .695 1st in Pacific 10 4 6 .400 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Career 1,640 1,155 485 .704 333 229 104 .688

Personal life

Jackson has five children and seven grandchildren.[43] He married his first wife, Maxine, in 1967. They divorced in 1972. He married his second wife, June, in 1974, but they have also divorced.[44] He has been dating Jeanie Buss, the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, since 1999.[45] The two became engaged on January 3, 2013.[46] He owns homes in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles, and Lakeside, Montana.[47]

Jackson has admitted to using marijuana and LSD in the past.[48] In 2010, he said he did not believe that prisons should be filled with people prosecuted for marijuana, but called California's Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana, poorly written.[49]

Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2011. He told the Lakers players in May 2011, when they were involved in a second-round playoff series against the Mavericks. Jackson decided to delay his surgery until after the playoffs.[50]


  • Jackson, Phil; George Kalinsky (1970). Take It All!.  
  • Jackson, Phil;  
  • Jackson, Phil; Hugh Delehanty (1995). Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior.  
  • Jackson, Phil;  
  • Jackson, Phil; Michael Arkush (2004).  
  • Jackson, Phil (2009). The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels. archives) Los Angeles Times (foreword only; text is taken from the  
  • Jackson, Phil (2010). Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers.  
  • Jackson, Phil (2013). Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.  

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