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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

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 >

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 >

- 883 days ago
Phil Jackson -- Totally Zen on Kobe Bryant and NBA Lockout

Phil Jackson
Totally ZEN on Kobe And NBA Lockout

Phil Jackson has one word for concerned Laker fans ... chill -- because the former coach says there's no way Kobe Bryant will miss a single NBA game if he plays overseas. Phil was flying out of… READ MORE >

- 1307 days ago
Boston Sports Fans -- It Red Sucks to Be You

Boston Sports Fans
It SOX To Be You

The Red Sox missing the playoffs by THIS much ... the Patriots losing to the Bills -- how much can Boston sports fans take in a week? Oops ... we found one more major league bummer.Check out TMZ… READ MORE >

- 1307 days ago
Phil Jackson -- I Feel Kobe Bryant's Church Pain

Phil Jackson
I Feel Kobe Bryant's Church Pain

Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been keeping himself busy in his retirement ... shopping, swimming and even following Kobe Bryant's church drama.The zen master and his GF Jeannie… READ MORE >

- 1348 days ago
Phil Jackson's GF -- In Talks for 'Housewives'

Phil Jackson's GF
In Talks for 'Housewives'

Los Angeles Lakers exec Jeanie Buss -- arguably the most powerful woman in sports -- is in talks to join the cast of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected to… READ MORE >

- 1544 days ago

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