31 Facts About Phil Jackson

1. Phil Jackson decided to delay his surgery until after the playoffs.

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2. Phil Jackson told the Lakers players in May 2011, when they were involved in a second-round playoff series against the Mavericks.

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3. Phil Jackson has admitted to using marijuana and LSD in the past.

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4. Phil Jackson dated Jeanie Buss, the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, whom he met in 1999.

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5. Phil Jackson has five children and eight grandchildren.

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6. Phil Jackson has had a winning record every year as a head coach, and currently has the highest winning percentage of any Hall of Fame coach, and further the highest of any NBA coach coaching 500 games or more.

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7. Phil Jackson is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award.

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8. In 2014, Phil Jackson was in discussions for months with the New York Knicks regarding an executive position with the team.

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9. Phil Jackson believed the Lakers would wait for his response, but the Lakers thought it was understood they would continue their search.

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10. Phil Jackson retired after the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs in the conference semifinals by that season's eventual NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks, meaning that he would not get a fourth three-peat.

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11. On February 3, 2010, Phil Jackson recorded his 534th win as Lakers head coach, surpassing Pat Riley to become the most successful coach in franchise history.

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12. Phil Jackson was the fastest to win 1,000 games, surpassing Pat Riley, who had taken 11 more games than Jackson.

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13. On December 25, 2008, Phil Jackson became the sixth coach to win 1,000 games, with the Lakers defeating the Celtics in their first matchup since the last year's finals.

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14. On January 7, 2007, Phil Jackson won his 900th game, then placing him 9th on the all-time win list for NBA coaches.

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15. Phil Jackson worked seamlessly with Bryant, who had earlier shown his desire to bring back Jackson to the bench.

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16. Phil Jackson had a contract offer outstanding from the Lakers, but he had not acted on it.

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17. Phil Jackson took over a talented Lakers team and immediately produced results as he did in Chicago.

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18. In 1987, Phil Jackson was hired as an assistant coach by the Chicago Bulls under Doug Collins.

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19. Phil Jackson regularly sought NBA jobs, but was turned down.

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20. Phil Jackson was a top reserve on the Knicks team that won the NBA title in 1973.

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21. Phil Jackson eventually established himself as a fan favorite and one of the NBA's leading substitutes, although he had very little playing time.

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22. In 1967, Phil Jackson was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks.

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23. Phil Jackson attended high school in Williston, North Dakota, where he played varsity basketball and led the team to two state titles.

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24. Phil Jackson retired from coaching in 2011 and joined the Knicks as an executive in March 2014.

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25. In 2007, Phil Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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26. Phil Jackson applied Native American spiritual practices, as documented in his book Sacred Hoops.

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27. Phil Jackson cited Robert Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the major guiding forces in his life.

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28. Phil Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter's triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that was influenced by Eastern philosophy, garnering him the nickname "Zen Master".

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29. Phil Jackson holds the NBA record for the most combined championships.

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30. In total, Phil Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach.

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31. Phil Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, during which time Chicago won six NBA championships.

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