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Sports Hall of Fame

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It should be no surprise that Phil Jackson was selected unanimously the first time he was eligible on the Sports Hall of Fame ballot. The ‘Zen Master’ built dynasties in his career as a coach in Chicago and Los Angeles. From 1991 to 1993, he won three-straight NBA Championships with the great Bulls teams and won three more from 1996 to 1998 with even better Bulls teams. Continuing his ability to win three titles in a tow, Jackson build a Lakers team that won titles from 2000 to 2002 and then won back-to-back titles later in the decade with pretty much a completely different team in 2009 and 2010. That makes for 11 NBA Championships for Jackson, a record that isn’t even being approached by any active coach today. His 1,155 career victories is fourth all-time. He has an incredible 333 career postseason victories as well, but far the most in history. Jackson’s tremendous ability as a coach not only comes from being able to run the triangle offense at such a masterful level, but it was his ability to manage locker rooms that were filled with huge egos and ability to keep them in line and together as a team.

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