As a former basketball player, Phil Jackson is now one of the world’s legendary coaches.
Basketball Playing Career
Phil Jackson was born in Montana, America on September 17, 1945. During his schooling period, he actively joined sports and played basketball, football, and baseball. However, he pursued basketball as his career.
In 1967, he participated in a New York-based professional basketball team New York Knicks. In 1970, his team won the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship and continued winning the 1973 NBA championship.
In 1979, he played two seasons for the New Jersey Net professional team. One year later, he officially declared his decision to retire as a basketball player.
After his retirement, he took over a coach of few lower-level leagues such as the Puerto Rico’s National Superior Basketball and the Continental Basketball Association. In 1978, he was named as the assistant coach of a professional basketball team Chicago Bulls.
In 1989, he was appointed as the head coach of the team. Thanks to his support during over nine seasons, the Chicago Bulls won a total of six championships.
Due to the conflicts with the team’s manager, he left the Chicago Bulls after the 1997-1998 season. One year later, he joined a coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 2000, he helped his team to won the NBA championship after defeating the Indiana Pacers. In the next two years, the team continued winning two titles against the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets.
In 2004, Phil Jackson officially retired as coach of Los Angeles Lakers but was reappointed as the head coach of the team in 2005 as the team recorded a disappointing 2004-2005 season.
After his reappointment, the team’s performance was improved. In 2009, he led the team to defeat Orlando Magic team at the NBA finals. In 2010, he continued leading the team to yet another championship.
He continued resumed his position as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010-2011 season. It was his last season as he retired as a coach in 2011.