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Phil Jackson

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
By Joseph Osorio 11/29/14

Summary of Life Philip Douglas Jackson more commonly known as Phil Jackson has been considered to be one of the best coaches in NBA history. His approach and technique in coaching teams has not only caught the attention of NBA viewers but also of many leaders. As the head coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson has won a total of 11 NBA world championships, surpassing the previous record of nine NBA world champions. His simplistic but effective approach is described in his book “11 Rings The Soul of Success.” Here he describes the struggle and the challenges he faced not only as a player but also as a coach and leader of different characters and unique teams. His holistic approach on making the team one as a whole has gained him many followers but also many critics. Phil Jackson was born on September 17, 1945 in the small town of Deer Lodge, Montana. Born to the son of two minister of God, Phil Jackson was raised in a conservative home where many things were not allowed. But during his early years in high school there was one thing that he could not let go, his passion for the beautiful game of basketball was induced. Phil Jackson began playing basketball at Williston, North Dakota where he led the team to two state titles. Jackson later attended the University of North Dakota and also played here for several years, before being drafted in 1967 in the second round by the New York Knicks. During his career as a player Jackson was mostly known for his role as a substitute player coming off the bench but because of several injuries he was forced to retire in 1980, having won one NBA title with the New York Knicks as a player.

In the following year after his retirement, Phil Jackson began coaching lower level professional leagues while still seeking a job in the NBA.…...

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