Phil Jackson was a forward basketball player with the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. He attended the University of North Dakota.

In 1967, the New York Knicks drafted Jackson. He missed the NBA 1970 Championships and was not part of the Knicks team that won that the Championship because of a surgery. However when the Knicks won in 1973 NBA Championships, and Jackson was one of the teams top reserves. He eventually started in the Knicks games after most of their starters retired.In 1978, Jackson was traded to the New Jersey Nets. He played with the Nets for two seasons and retired in 1980.

In the years to come, Jackson coached in subordinate leagues like the National Superior Basketball in Puerto Rico and the Continental Basketball Association where he was the coach for the Albany Patroons who won the CBA Championship. In 1987, the Chicago Bulls hired Jackson as an assistant coach. He later advanced to head coach in 1989. Jackson led the Bulls to 6 championship title wins in the the nine seasons he coached them. In 1998 Jackson quit the Chicago Bulls and joined the Los Angeles Lakers as their coach. Under Jackson?s guidance the L.A. Lakers won the NBA Championships in 2001, 2001 and 2002. In 2004, the Lakers reached the finals defeating the defending Champions Utah jazz, however lost to the Detroit Pistons. That year amidst many speculations the L.A. Lakers relieved Jackson from his duties only to rehire him in 2005 following the resignation of Rudy Tomjanovich, Jackson?s successor.

Position Power Forward
Born 17 Sep 1945
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Zen Master
Team History
New Jersey Nets New Jersey Nets 1967 - 1978

In his career total of 807 games he averages at 6.7 points per game and 1.1 assists per game.

Career Highlights

Basketball Hall of Fame, 2007.Ten greatest Head Coaches in NBA History, 1996.NBA Coach of the Year, 1996.NBA Champion, 1970 and 1973.NBA Champion (Coach), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002.

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