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Phil Jackson or as he is formally recognized, Philip Douglas Jackson was born on September 17, 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana, USA.
As a player, Phil Jackson was recognized as a power forward who played for 12 seasons in the NBA from 1967-1980. Phil Jackson played for the New York Knicks from 1967-1969 and then from 1970-1978 during which he won a couple of NBA championships as well in 1970 and 1973.
Following his time with New York Knicks, Phil Jackson retired from professional basketball as a player after playing for two seasons with the New Jersey Nets. The New York Knicks player immediately began his career as a basketball coach after retiring as a player.
Phil Jackson began coaching in 1978 when he was first appointed as the assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets. Phil Jackson got his first opportunity as a head coach with Albany Patroons and won his first of many championship titles as a head coach in 1984. In the recent past, Phil Jackson was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame for his remarkable feats as a coach. To date, Phil Jackson has won 11 NBA Championships as a coach, surpassing the record of nine NBA Championship titles held by Red Auerbach.
Phil Jackson is one of the all-time greats of professional basketball and is believed to have a net worth of around $70 million amassing mostly from his contracts as an NBA coach and later as the president of the Knicks.
Phil Jackson is believed to have an annual income of $11 million.
Phil Jackson stands tall at 6 ft 8 in (203 cm).
Phil Jackson was born on September 17, 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana. The legendary NBA coach is 77 years old, as of September 2022.
Phil Jackson was born to Elisabeth and Charles Funk Jackson in September 1945. Both of his parents were recognized ministers at the Assemblies of God. Jackson grew up living with his half-sister and a couple of brothers who lived in Montana.
Phil Jackson was a high school student at Williston, North Dakota where he also played varsity basketball, leading the school team to a state title. Apart from basketball, Jackson also played baseball and soccer and participated in other track and field events. Phil Jackson was later a student at the University of North Dakota where he represented the basketball team, Fighting Sioux.
Phil Jackson married his first wife Maxine Jackson in 1967 but the couple parted ways in 1972 although they gave birth to a child during their time together. Jackson then married June in 1974 and had four children but upsettingly the couple got divorced in 2000. Following his divorce from June in 2000, Jackson dated Jeanie Buss for some time and got engaged to her in 2013 but the couple broke up a few years later in December 2016. Jackson currently has eight grandchildren from his five children.
Phil Jackson grew interested in basketball from his high school days playing varsity basketball. Phil Jackson gained massive fame both as a New York Knicks player and later as an NBA coach winning multiple NBA championship titles during both his stints.
Jackson entered the NBA in 1967 when he was drafted by New York Knicks in the second round notably recognized for his long arms and intelligent gameplay. He won the NBA championship title in 1970 and 1973 as a player although he wasn't part of the 1970 campaign due to a spinal fusion injury.
Jackson began his coaching career in 1978 and went on to become the head coach of multiple basketball teams such as Albany Patroons, Gallitos de Isabela, Piratas de Quebradillas, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers. During his coaching career, Jackson won six NBA championship titles with Chicago Bulls and five NBA championship titles with Los Angeles Lakers. Before becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bulls in 1989, Jackson served as the assistant coach of Chicago Bulls from 1987-1989.
During his coaching career, Jackson gained massive fame for achieving a three-peat on three occasions. Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls during their three-peat from 1990/91-1992/93 and again in 1995/96-1997/98. He achieved the same success with Los Angeles Lakers from 1999/00-2001/02.
Phil Jackson has won several awards during his time as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and CBA league, and also while playing as a professional basketball player.
Jackson was a part of the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1968. During his playing career, Jackson was awarded the NCC Player of the Year in 1966 and 1967 and was part of the First-team All-NCC from 1965-1967 and the First-team Division II All-American' in 1966 and 1967.
As a coach, Jackson won the NBA Coach of the Year in 1996 and CBA Coach of the Year in 1985. Jackson has also been appointed as the NBA All-Star Game head coach on multiple occasions in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2009. The Montana-born basketball coach is also included in the list of Top 15 coaches in NBA History and Top 10 coaches in NBA History. Jackson won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award in 2010 presented by the United States Sports Academy.
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