ESPN: With his superstar hobbling and the Charlotte Bobcats refusing to go away, Phil Jackson never got terribly comfortable while becoming the winningest coach in Los Angeles Lakers history.

Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 19 points while making several big plays down the stretch, making sure Jackson added another superlative to his matchless coaching career in Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Jackson, also the winningest coach in Chicago Bulls history, passed Pat Riley with his 534th win with the Lakers. The Hall of Famer won 545 games and six titles in nine seasons with Michael Jordan and Co. before winning four more rings in his first nine seasons with the Lakers, rising to fifth on the NBA’s career coaching victories list when he passed Charlotte’s Larry Brown earlier this season.

“It’s been a really good run,” Jackson said. “Having this opportunity to coach this team is always special. The fact that we’ve had some great teams, great players, is always a credit to them. It’s not really an individual record in my mind.”

Jackson is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, and the only coach to win more than 70 percent of his regular-season games. Against the pesky Bobcats, he managed to coax a late-game win out of his Lakers even with just a season-low five points from Kobe Bryant.

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  • reyeskeith

    thats awsome if he still wants to win another championship ring.. that is his plan for this year…

  • gugy

    Congrats PJ!

    My feeling is that PJ is a superstitious guy and since he had 3 peat, 3 times, he wants to try one more time. Wouldn’t be lovely another 3 peat?

  • Kid Kaos 310

    Congrats Phil,

    You’ve proven once again why you are the greatest in your craft, rewriting the history books. You’re now the all time winningest coach in two different franchises, achieving multiple dynasty’s in the process.

    Laker fans should be proud to call you our coach. Now let’s go get that Larry O’Brian Trophy and finish out this dynasty/3peat.

  • Glakergrl

    I was there it was great to see history being made and also seeing Kobe with Jerry West

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    KOBE may have the points,JERRY has the class and will always be the LOGO…………..go lakers.

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      jerry is very classy,an yea.i’d say the logo is a fixture.but for years kobe’s been pretty classy as well.he’s good for the game,it’s alway’s exciting,especially if he gets the last shot.you gotta admit.just like jerry was.and both are respected,very much.