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Phil Jackson
(American Coach)

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September 17, 1945


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Philip Douglas Jackson is a retired American basketball player and current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association . Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the league. His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998; during his tenure in Chicago, he led the team to six NBA titles. He then led the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles from 2000-2002. In total, Jackson has won 9 NBA titles as a coach , and one as a player.

Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter's triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that is influenced by Eastern philosophy, earning him the nickname "Zen Master" . He also applies Native American spiritual practices as documented in his book "Sacred Hoops". He is the author of several candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. Jackson is also a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. Jackson leads the 2007 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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