Phil Jackson, whose full name is Philip Douglas Jackson, was born in a small town in Montana, north of the United States, September 17, 1945. With a height of 2.03 meters and an average weight of about 100 kg, he was professional player in the NBA from 1967 to 1980; his physical dimensions allowed him to develop a good job at forward / center. Although where he really emphasized was on the bench, becoming one of the most legendary coaches in basketball history.
As a coach, he worked in two teams i.e. Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in two long contracts that occupied all his successful coaching career, which began in 1989 in the state of Illinois and ended in California in 2011, when he retired. He had the chance to resume his coaching career in 2012, after the dismissal of his deputy who was in Los Angeles Lakers, Mike Brown, but his great economic pretensions prevented him from returning to the second bench where he was successful in the NBA. Jackson was included in the list of the ten best coaches in NBA history.
Early in Basketball
He grew up in a strict religious family that prevented to Phil develop a life naturally. He discovered his great talent for sports, especially basketball and baseball in high school in North Dakota. Although Phil felt comfortable in both sports, Jackson finally decided on the sport of the basketball. Jackson won some regional trophies as part of the team from the University of North Dakota. There he met Bill Fitch, who coached the basketball team where Phil Jackson played in the mid-sixties, just before starting his professional career.
Professional Development as a Basketball Player
Phil Jackson was chosen in position 17 of the first round of Draft of 1967 by the New York Knicks. There he demonstrated a strong will and desire to learn and contribute to team in the times when necessary, but never excelled as a basketball player for their quality or their great talent. His great winning spirit, hard work and positivism were what captured the hearts of the fans of the Knicks, allowing him to integrate the workforce between 1967 and 1978, winning the championship twice. He did not have many minutes, and was always considered a very good substitute and possible shock to a time when the defense needed strength, intelligence and energy. The last years of his stay in New York were where Phil had more minutes. Between 1978 and 1980, Jackson played for New Jersey Nets, where he did not feature either. Therefore, he decided to retire as a professional basketball player.