Phil Jackson: The “Zen Master” of the NBA reveals his secrets to success

May 28, 2013

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

Then-head coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.; Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

This weekend, the coach of the San Antonio Spurs caught up to one of Phil Jackson’s incredible records. Gregg Poppovich tied Jackson for the most best-of-7 series sweeps in NBA history (eight). Does Jackson ever feel tempted to return to the sidelines to keep his stats up? He says he has no plans to return, but rumors continue to fly about various cities trying to tempt him – especially because of how close he came to returning to the Lakers at the start of the season.

In his new memoir, “Eleven Rings,” the former Lakers coach talks about the love and spirituality that won all those games, swept all those series and scored all those rings.


Phil Jackson, Head coach of the L.A. Lakers (2000-2010), winning five NBA titles; head coach of the Chicago Bulls (1989-1998), winning six NBA titles; Jackson played on the 1970 & 1973 NBA champion New York Knicks; his new memoir is “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” (Penguin Press; May 2013)

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