Today marks the birthday of the Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson. It can be said that he is, without a doubt, the best coach in the history of the game and a record 11 rings as a coach is my proof. His philosophies are based on connecting with your spiritual self, having the players meditate so they can also attain a mindset that keeps them calm in close games or big games, like a Game 7 (I bet the Celtics wished they had Phil as the coach for the last 5 minutes of Game 7). He huddles the team in the locker room to pray, another one of his philosophies of connecting with the spiritual world.

He is known for playing mind games with the opponent, mainly in the Playoffs as he did with Kevin Durant and Steve Nash. He gets into the heads of the opponent to throw their game off and although it can lead to fines, the end result doesn’t disappoint. He has been known as the most vocal coach in the playoffs, perhaps receiving the most fines in the NBA among the coaches, during the Playoffs.

Phil has been coach of NBA legends, future legends… and potential legends, i.e. Dennis Rodman. He began his head coaching career in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls in 1989, promoted up from assistant coach. This was a move the Bulls wished they could’ve made earlier as Phil led the Bulls to 6 championships in 9 years, all 6 championships coming in two sets of three-peats (he also has 2 championships as a player with the Knicks, a crowd favorite at Madison Square Garden).

After some conflict with the Bulls, he left and found himself as the coach of the Lakers, whom he helped win (so far) 5 championships, leading a Kobe-Shaq duo to a three-peat (despite the duo’s off court drama) and then leading a Kobe-Pau duo to a repeat (and potential three-peat).

Sadly, this is his final year coaching so lets make it one to remember. Three cheers for Phil!

  • hoop247

    happy birthday phil! Enjoy it grandmaster. this is ur last year n all hells trying to break lose

  • DaLakers

    Happy Birthday Phil!!!

  • 242LakerFan

    Have a great day, Phil! Remember, age is irrelevant, unless you’re cheese.

  • Varick Hudson

    Happy Birthday Anniversary Coach Jackson. I hope this season is the Greatest ever for you, Kobe, all the Lakers, the entire Lakers Organization and the entire Lakers Nation.

  • kobefinalmvp2011

    happy birthday zen master

  • More Cookies 4 Kob

    Happy Birthday Phil. I’ll be watching you’re marathon on NBA TV today. 1-2-3-Ring!

  • http://57.amklac/ laffs atu

    What a fuccin loser. I think i will bone jeanie in front of him tonight bc he can’t get it up anymore for her fine azz

    • DRE84

      You dont like women so Stop That bullshit!
      11 championships as a coach is a loser?
      Go shine Doc Rivers 1 ring and tell him I said what it do!

  • Robert.

    Happy Birthday Phil!
    You and Lamar should go out for a beer at the Nokia Center, and celebrate your birthday and the World Championship Gold Medal, which TLN failed to mention yet.

    • Robert.

      ok, Lamar’s article has been posted. Thanks! Now it’s really time to celebrate.

  • i0ioooooi0i

    NBA TV all day

  • LC09

    happy birthday phil and thx for all the ships, best wishes..ohh ps since my bday is in 2 days i was wonderin as my present can i get a pic wit da 2 trophies?? lol

  • F__K That!

    How old is he?

    • 242LakerFan


      • F__K That!


  • willmo

    I see the Colonel Sanders look is back. Happy B Day Phil and get ready for your 4th Three Peat this yr.

  • rondo

    Phil you are looking good!

  • Marvin

    Happy Birthday Phil Jackson LAKERS4LIFE

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    he`ll write another book,telling us again what a great guy kobe never was………phil likes books,laker nation has never read a book.

    • 242LakerFan

      Technically, as one of the more prolific contributors to this blog, you ARE part of the Laker Nation, so that would include you. Then again, in your case, it’s obvious you don’t read books. If you did, you might exhibit a better grasp of things like punctuation, capitalization of proper nouns and simple sentence structure.
      Come on, young lady, with all the time you have in between servicing Big Marge and your shift in the laundry room, surely you could spend some time in the prison library.
      All those rectangular things on the shelve are books. One of them may even be Phil’s.

      • Cody

        242LakerFan, I read most of your post and I can definitely see that you read a lot of books! What I mean is the things you say in your come backs are priceless. Just well put. And just from what you said right here is a perfect example on what I mean. What college did you graduate from?

        • 242LakerFan

          I went to the College of The Bahamas for a while, but I never graduated. Lots of potential, no direction. Got into graphic design and learned on the job.

  • Nancy

    Happy Birthday!!!

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