Although Phil Jackson went onto coach the Lakers, for me I will always associate him with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1998 –
Michael Jordan (probably the greatest basketball player that has ever lived), Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant (who I later saw playing for Orlando), Bill Cartwright, Will Perdue, Luc Longley (A “Boomer” – Australian national player), Toni Kukoč, many great players and of course Dennis Rodman!
For me that decade in NBA were the (excuse the pun) Magic Years and while that was happening Channel 4 took NBA into the living rooms of UK fans – brilliant times!
“Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line. That means not only being brave, but being compassionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.”
“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”
“If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.”
~ Phil Jackson
Born 1945, the NBA Hall of Fame describe him as:
Intellectual, spiritualist, maverick, athlete, coach, modestly successful player in the NBA
A coach that left his footprint on the history of the game
A coaching philosophy heavily influenced by Native American and Eastern philosophy
At the helm of two of the greatest dynasties in NBA history
Coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Guided the Lakers to three straight titles (2000, 2001, 2002)
Tied with the legendary Red Auerbach for first on the all-time list
The fastest coach in NBA history to reach 900 wins.
One of the 10 greatest head coaches in NBA history