338. Phil Jackson: Winning at All Levels

Phil Jackson is an American basketball coach, and manager. He used to be a basketball player, played for several seasons in the National Basketball during the 1970s. He played for the New Knicks for most of his career after being by the team in 1967. He was a reserve player for the Knicks team that won NBA Championship in 1973. Because of a spinal , he did not continue to play for the . Jackson was an average player, who found some in the NBA, but his phenomenal success in league came as a coach.

As coach of Chicago Bulls, Jackson's teams won six titles in years. He was hired in 1987 by the as an assistant coach, and took over the coaching job in 1989. Helping him win the was Michael Jordan. Jordan is one of the successful athletes ever to play the game of . Many people claim that Jackson was able to his six titles because of Jordan, while others out that Jordan preceded Jackson without ever winning title. In any event, the duo worked, and rest is NBA history.

Jackson join the Los Lakers as coach in 2000. The Lakers were a similar situation as the Bulls during that . The team had plenty of talent, but lacked . Jackson, once again, provided that. During his time the Lakers, Jackson's teams won five NBA titles, matching the Bulls run. Jackson also benefited from Kobe Bryant and other talented players on his , but his success was now firmly cemented in lore. Jackson is currently the general manager of old team, the New York Knicks.