Phil Jackson

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Legendary NBA Coach

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    Phil Jackson: Biography at a Glance

    • Holds the title for the most NBA titles as a coach, winning six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Los Angeles Lakers
    • Holds the record for the highest-winning percentage of any NBA coach
    • Former president of the New York Knicks
    • Best-selling author of “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success”
    • Won two NBA championships as a player with the New York Knicks


    Considered one of the NBA's greatest coaches, Phil Jackson is currently the President of the New York Knicks. Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bills from 1989 to 1998, leading the team to six NBA Championships. After moving to Los Angeles, over the next ten seasons he won five more championships with the Lakers, bringing his coaching total to eleven. He currently holds the title for the most NBA titles as a coach. He also has the highest-winning percentage of any NBA coach past or present (.704).

    In 1967, Jackson was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks. Over his thirteen-year career with the Knicks, he won two NBA Championships. He is one of only thirteen people to win championship rings as both a player and a coach.

    In early 2014, Jackson released the New York Times bestseller Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, a memoir sharing his experience coaching eleven championship teams.

    Leading with the unorthodox "zen-like" approach, Jackson molded thoughtful teams destined for greatness. From the lectern, he shares his tips for building a cohesive and effective team that will strive for excellence.

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