Phil Jackson

Basketball Player + Coach + Executive
Born Sep 17, 1945

Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson is a retired American professional basketball coach and former player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA titles from 2000 until 2010.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on September 17, 1945.


1962 16 Years Old Fitch took over as head basketball coach at the University of North Dakota in the spring of 1962, during Jackson's junior year of high school. … Read More
1965 19 Years Old Jackson's future Knicks teammate Walt Frazier was the Salukis' biggest star, but the two only faced off in 1965, as Frazier was academically ineligible in 1966.


1967 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, Jackson was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks. … Read More
1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1973 27 Years Old Soon after the 1973 title, several key starters retired, creating an opening for Jackson in the starting lineup.
1974 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1974–75 NBA season, Jackson and the Milwaukee Bucks' Bob Dandridge shared the lead for total personal fouls, with 330 each. … Read More


1978 32 Years Old After going across the Hudson in 1978 to play two seasons for the New Jersey Nets, he retired as a player in 1980.
1984 38 Years Old In the following years, he mainly coached in lower-level professional leagues, notably the Continental Basketball Association and Puerto Rico's National Superior Basketball (BSN). While in the CBA, he won his first coaching championship, leading the Albany Patroons to their first CBA title in 1984. … Read More


1987 41 Years Old Jackson was hired as assistant coach, under Doug Collins, for the Bulls in 1987, and was promoted to head coach in 1989. … Read More
1989 43 Years Old …  Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA championships.


In the summer of 1997, Jackson was not invited to the wedding of Krause's stepdaughter, although all of the Bulls' assistant coaches were, as was Tim Floyd, then head coach at Iowa State, Jackson's eventual successor.
1998 - 1999 2 More Events
2000 54 Years Old 1 More Event
His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five championships from 2000 until 2010.
2003 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 59 Years Old On June 15, 2005, the Lakers rehired Jackson. … Read More


2007 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 7, 2007, Jackson won his 900th game, then placing him 9th on the all-time win list for NBA coaches. … Read More
2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
With another star to pair with Bryant, Jackson coached the Lakers to an appearance in the 2008 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old Jackson again coached the Lakers to the NBA Finals in 2009, defeating the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets in the process. … Read More
On February 3, 2010, Jackson recorded his 534th win as Lakers head coach, surpassing Pat Riley to become the most successful coach in franchise history. … Read More
2011 65 Years Old In January 2011, he reiterated that it would be his final season, explaining that in the past there was the possibility that maybe he would reconsider. "This year, there's no maybe," said Jackson. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old After the Lakers fired Jackson's successor, Mike Brown, early in the 2012–13 season, they first approached Jackson to replace Brown. … Read More
In 2014, Jackson was in discussions for months with the New York Knicks regarding an executive position with the team. … Read More
2015 69 Years Old On June 25, 2015, The Knicks drafted Latvian Kristaps Porziņģis with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft; he signed his rookie-scale contract with the Knicks on July 30, 2015. … Read More
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