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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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- 363 days ago
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- 372 days ago
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- 500 days ago
Phil Jackson -- Throws Jab at Lakers Players ... From Knicks Glass House

Phil Jackson
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- 588 days ago
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- 824 days ago
Phil Jackson -- Dalai Lama was 'Enlightening' ... Taught Me 'Tibetan Stuff'

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

Phil Jackson
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- 974 days ago
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