Five interesting facts about Phil Jackson
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