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Phil Jackson

Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is a retired American professional basketball coach and former 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 which 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 with Bill Russell when the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals. He also has the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704). 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

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Phil Jackson & Jeanie Buss -- He's So Loud in Bed

Phil Jackson & Jeanie Buss
He's So Loud in Bed

Jeanie Buss just backed one up over her NBA legend fiance Phil Jackson -- exposing him to the world ... as a hardcore snorer!The new Knicks President and Lakers Prez were out to dinner on her turf… READ MORE >

Phil Jackson -- Dalai Lama was 'Enlightening' ... Taught Me 'Tibetan Stuff'

Phil Jackson
Dalai Lama was 'Enlightening' Taught Me 'Tibetan Stuff'

Question: What do Phil Jackson and the Dalai Lama talk about when they get together? Answer: "Tibetan stuff." That's what Phil told TMZ Sports yesterday when we asked him about the… READ MORE >

- 168 days ago
Phil Jackson -- Lamar Odom May Have Burned His Lakers Bridge

Phil Jackson
Lamar Odom May Have Burned His Lakers Bridge

Lamar Odom may have ruined his chances of EVER returning to his beloved Los Angeles Lakers ... so says his ex coach and NBA legend Phil Jackson.Jackson didn't mince words to TMZ when we asked if… READ MORE >

- 295 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Breakfast Date with Phil Jackson

Kobe Bryant
Breakfast Date with Phil Jackson

Kobe Bryant has apparently forgiven Phil Jackson for calling him an insecure, sensitive sub-Jordanesque player in his book ... 'cause the two got together for breakfast this week, TMZ has learned.… READ MORE >

- 300 days ago
Phil Jackson Fires Back At Kendrick Lamar ... You Need a Mentor

Phil Jackson
Fires Back At Kendrick Lamar 'You Need a Mentor'

You tag Phil Jackson in a rap song, he'll tag you right back -- just ask Kendrick Lamar ... who got a free lesson in ego management from the Zen Master after droppin' his name… READ MORE >

- 373 days ago
Jalen Rose -- Phil Jackson Will NEVER Coach Basketball Again

Jalen Rose
Phil Jackson Will NEVER Coach Basketball Again

Sorry Nets ... and Lakers ... Cavs ... and ANYONE else hoping to hire Phil Jackson as a head coach, 'cause the Zen Master will never, ever coach another basketball game in his life, so says Jalen… READ MORE >

- 470 days ago
Phil Jackson Engagement -- Technical Foul for 'Sexist' Headline?

Phil Jackson Engagement
Technical Foul for 'Sexist' Headline?

One second we're all toasting Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss' engagement -- the next someone's blowing the whistle on a possibly, maybe tiny bit sexist headline. Hmm ... wonder who wrote that?Check… READ MORE >

- 593 days ago
Phil Jackson to GF -- Will You Be My Assistant Coach ... For Life?

Phil Jackson to GF
Will You Be My Asst Coach ... For Life?

Former LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson has finally popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Jeanie Buss -- after 12 years of dating -- but the real question ... could this affect… READ MORE >

- 595 days ago
Phil Jackson -- The Lakers AIN'T a Championship Squad

Phil Jackson
The Lakers AIN'T a Championship Squad

Phil Jackson says he doesn't want to return to the Lakers organization ... even if they ask him ... and to make things worse, Phil told TMZ he doesn't think the squad is championship material… READ MORE >

- 616 days ago
Phil Jackson -- Lakers Coaching Job Was Decided in a 'Midnight Coup'

Phil Jackson
Lakers Coaching Job Was Decided in 'Midnight Coup'

Phil Jackson says he's NOT bitter at the Lakers for passing him over for the head coaching job earlier this month ... claiming Lakers brass decided to go with Mike D'Antoni in a "midnight… READ MORE >

- 633 days ago

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