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Celebrating Phil Jackson on his birthday: The man with the most NBA Championships as a coach

Phil Jackson, former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, speaks during a memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Buss died at the age of 80 on Monday following an 18-month battle with cancer. Buss won 10 NBA championships as Lakers owner since purchasing the team in 1979
Phil Jackson, former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, speaks during a memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Buss died at the age of 80 on Monday following an 18-month battle with cancer. Buss won 10 NBA championships as Lakers owner since purchasing the team in 1979
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Roll out the carpet, bring out the cake and goodies, NBA royalty is a year older today. The greatest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson clocks 76 years old today.

The NBA basketball coaching icon made his mark coaching more than he did playing the game. His exploits are made for the books, his love for basketball is contagious and his insane thought process and technical know-how for the game of basketball is next to none.

Happy Birthday to Coach Phil Jackson. #11Rings ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† The most influential man in my life. His teaching me about team building & staying present in the moment changed my life. His wisdom & intellectual curiosity lead me on my own mission of seeking truth. ๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ https://t.co/1Otc1gvbU4

Phil Jackson through the lenses of success

Phil Jackson, born on September 17th, 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana, US, was a professional basketball player during his playing days and a head coach much after.

The 6-foot 8-inch power forward was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1969. By the 1973 season, the Zen Master won his first and only NBA championship as a player, averaging 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in the playoff season (17 games played).

In 1985, Jackson made his coaching debut with the Albany Patroons of the Continental Association and he led them to their first championship. After which he went on to become the assistant coach to the Chicago Bulls Doug Collins in 1987. However, Collins was fired in 1989, and Jackson was promoted to take his place as the head coach of the Bulls. He coached the Bulls for nine seasons and won the NBA championship six times from 1991 through to 1993, and then from 1996 to 1998. His success at the Bulls was gravely spectacular. In the 1995-96 season, Jackson and his boys secured a record of 72 wins and 10 losses in a regular NBA season.

After his outstanding spell with the Bulls, Jackson took a break from basketball and returned for the 2000 season as the head coach of the LA Lakers. He led them to five championship titles (2000, 2001 and 2002 consecutively, with a fourth and fifth in 2009 and 2010 respectively).

December 23rd, 1997On this day in sports history, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson becomes the quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games). In his 20 seasons as a head coach, he never had a losing record. He won 11 NBA Championships as a coach, the most in NBA history. https://t.co/kbYsfS3mBz

The Hall of Famer is the most celebrated NBA coach of all time, as he holds the record for the most number of championship titles won as a coach (11 championships). He is the fastest coach in the history of the game to attain 900 wins.

Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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