Phil Jackson: Which Coaching Tenure Is More Impressive, L.A. Lakers or Bulls?

December 25th, 2010 by Scott Malewig Leave a reply »
Phil Jackson is the epitome of an NBA lifer.

He is also very arguably the greatest coach in the history of the NBA. The real question is which of his two major coaching tenures has been more impressive?

Jackson entered the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks in 1967 as a second-round draft choice. He missed the entire 1969-70 season with an injury, but then spent several successful seasons with the Knicks, including being a top reserve on the Knicks squad that won a championship in 1973. He was traded in 1978 to the New Jersey Nets, where Phil Jackson became a player and assistant coach. Phil Jackson retired in 1980, remained as an assistant coach for one season. From 1982-87, Jackson coached the Albany team in the Continental Basketball Association, then returned to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls in 1987. Phil Jackson became head coach in 1989.

After a second-place division finish in 1989-90, Phil Jackson guided the Bulls to three consecutive NBA championships, the first time that had been accomplished since 1966.

He won these rings with two Hall of Famers, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and a group of we ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NBA
Article written by


Comments are closed.