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Phil Jackson
Jackson in 2009
Personal information
Born September 17, 1945 (1945-09-17) (age 76)
Deer Lodge, Montana
Nationality American
High school Williston (Williston, North Dakota)
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College North Dakota (1964–1967)
NBA Draft 1967 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1967–1980
Coaching career 1978–2011
Career history
As player:
1967–1978 New York Knicks
1978–1980 New Jersey Nets
As coach:
1978–1981 New Jersey Nets (assistant)
1982–1987 Albany Patroons
1987–1989 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
1989–1998 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • NBA champion (1970, 1973)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1968)
  • 2× First-team Division II All-American (1966, 1967)
  • 2× First-team NCC Player of the Year (1966, 1967)

As head coach:

  • 11× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1992, 1996, 2000, 2009)
  • NBA Coach of the Year (1996)
  • Top 10 Coaches in NBA History
Career statistics
Points 5,428 (6.7 ppg)
Rebounds 3,454 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 898 (1.1 apg)
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Philip Douglas Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, Jackson played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, during which time Chicago won six NBA championships. He then coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011; the team won five championships under his leadership. Jackson's 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassed the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He holds the NBA record for the most combined championships, winning a total of 13 as a player and a coach.

Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter's triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that was influenced by Eastern philosophy, garnering him the nickname "Zen Master". Jackson cited Robert Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the major guiding forces in his life. He also applied Native American spiritual practices, as documented in his book Sacred Hoops. He is the author of several candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. In 2007, Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. 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.

Jackson retired from coaching in 2011 and joined the Knicks as an executive in March 2014. He was dismissed as the Knicks' team president on June 28, 2017.

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