Phil Jackson Biography
Phil Jackson (Philip Douglas Jackson) is a former American professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association. A power forward, Jackson played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. He was once the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, during which time Chicago won six NBA championships.
Phil Jackson Age
He was born on 17 September 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana, United States
Phil Jackson Height
He is a former American professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association, He stands at a height of 2.03 m and has an approximate weight of 100kg.
Phil Jackson Net Worth
He is a retired NBA basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Association and has an estimated net worth of $70 million dollars. He has earned his wealth widely through his professional career. Besides, he earns $11 million annually while he served as a President of the Knicks before they separated their ways in June 2017.
Phil Jackson Wife
He married his first wife Maxine, the couples divorced and he later married his second wife June, unfortunately, they also divorced later in the year. He met Jeanie Buss, the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, the controlling owner, and president of the Los Angeles Lakers of National Basketball Association. The two dated and engaged, later they announced the termination of their engagement in a joint statement.
Phil Jackson Education
He attended high school in Williston, North Dakota, where he played varsity basketball and led the team to two state titles. He would also play football, was a pitcher on the baseball team and threw the discus in track and field competitions. He was successfully recruited to the University of North Dakota, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Phil Jackson Career
He was picked in the second round by the New York Knicks. Although he had brief playing time, he established himself as a fan darling and one of the NBA’s leading substitute. He later moved to New Jersey Nets in 1978 and retired as a player. He would coach in lower-level professional leagues, notably Puerto Rico’s national Superior Basketball and Continental Basketball Association.
He regularly sought NBA jobs but was turned down. He had acquired a reputation for being sympathetic to the counterculture during his playing years, which may have scared off potential NBA employers.
Phil Jackson Parents
He was born of Charles Jackson who is a retired American professional basketball coach and a former player was born in Deer Lodge, Montana. He would generally preach on Sunday mornings in the Assemblies of God ministers. Elisabeth Funk his mother would generally preach on Sunday evenings.
Phil Jackson Children
He has five children Brooke, Chelsea(who is the Founder of Yoga and Literature Camp and a graduate of Spelman College, in Atlanta), Elizabeth, Ben, and Charlie (as an executive vice president, responsible for business development). He also has eight grandchildren.
Phil Jackson siblings
He has two brothers, Chuck Jackson, and half-sister, they grew up in a remote area of Montana in an austere environment, in which no dancing or television was allowed. His brother Chuck speculated years later that the three Jackson sons threw themselves passionately into athletics because it was the only time.
Phil Jackson Books
- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
- Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers
- The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul
- Maverick: More Than a Game
- Fifty Years of Cheers and Jeers
- Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
- Wake Up/Win!
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Phil Jackson’s Beloved Triangle: A Symbol of Hubris
What would Red Holzman, who was Phil Jackson’s first coaching mentor in professional basketball, have said about Jackson’s ultimately self-sabotaging devotion to an offensive system, the triangle, that his players in New York didn’t want to play and his coaches didn’t want to coach?
Nothing, publicly, for Holzman preferred a root canal without anesthesia to sharing on-the-record criticism of anyone, on his team or another. Ah, but in the shelter of a relaxed moment offstage, Holzman would have flashed a crooked half-smile and begun with a frog-throated “heh heh” before explaining that a so-called system was an excellent deal for the coach in maintaining job security or a reputation as a genius.
If the team won, the system was brilliant. If it didn’t, the players didn’t fit the system. A modest but confident man, Holzman despised the posturing of the look-at-me coach, and that included Red Auerbach with his obnoxious victory cigars. Holzman’s most essential tenet was not to program his players to the point of paralysis. Let them play, as long as they made the extra pass — and played defense.
True, Holzman’s squads, still the only champions in the history of the Knicks, consisted of men blessed with exceptional basketball I.Q.s and the ability to improvise within the team concept. What they largely lacked, across the lineup that included Jackson as a long-limbed defensive nuisance, was the enhanced athleticism of the 21st-century player, and the freedom to operate in the ever-expanding shot-launching areas of the court.
Before returning to the Knicks in 2014 as team president and the latest in a long line of well-compensated, would-be saviors, Jackson had record-shattering coaching success — 11 rings’ worth, you may have heard — with the triangle offense in Chicago and Los Angeles. In his hour of reputational disrepair, it would be egregiously revisionist to argue that his fame and fortune were all about Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago and Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in Los Angeles.
Phil Jackson Quotes
- Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
- Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
- If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
- Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together.