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Five interesting facts about Phil Jackson

September 18, 2018

It’s his birthday

Former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson turns 73 today. He was born Sept. 17, 1945, in Deer Lodge, Mont.

A champion without peer

Jackson led his teams to a record 11 NBA championships as a head coach, including six with the Bulls during the 1990s and five with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Also a championship player

Jackson was a top reserve on the 1973 World Champion New York Knicks team. He also was a member of the Knicks in 1970 but did not play on that title team because of injury.

A strict upbringing

Both of Jackson’s parents were members of the clergy and no dancing or television was allowed in his childhood home.

A Hall of Fame member

Jackson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2007.

Sources: biography.com, britannica.com

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