Is Phil Jackson the Best NBA Coach Ever?
December 5, 2010 3:22am CST
Yes, I would say so if you count the number of championships he has won being the most ever with 11. Some would argue that Phil Jackson already had great players on his team to win the championships but still hes got to be a great coach to do what hes done. It only took 2 years of being the head coach of the Chicago Bulls for Jackson to help that team win its first championship with of course the greatest player ever on that team(do I really need to say who?). Jackson then went on to coach the Lakers and help them win a championship the first season he was there. I of course wouldn't say hes done the best with less as a coach. I would say Larry Brown is the coach who's done the best with less. After all Larry Brown actually coached the cursed Clippers team to at least make the playoffs years ago. Most of the time though you can be a great coach but if the coach has lousy team your not going to get that far. Therefore, Phil Jackson is my pick for best NBA coach ever.
23 Dec 10
Probably not the best coach ever, but the luckiest coach ever! I mean common when he began he had Jordan and Pippen, for his 1st 3 rings than Jordan Pippen AND Rodman for his next 3. Kobe and Shaq for his 3rd set of three rings and now he has two with Kobe and Pau Gasol (with Artest on the second one). Who could have a better opportunity than he did? Of course if he replaces Erik Spoelstra as coach of the heat as espoused discussed in an article called "Oh Phil!" that would cement his legacy as the luckiest coach ever! But if the heat win 5 straight? that title would belong to Erik Spoelstra!
• Garden Grove, California
6 Dec 10
elmiko as a Lakers and Phil Jackson fan bar none I would have to agree he is the best NPA coach ever and I make no apologies to other mylotters who think differently we just agree to disagree. I watched over the past years as he brought the'Lakesrs through all those championships and he is the best.
5 Dec 10
I don't think Phil Jackson is the best NBA coach. At least that's what I think. Yeah, he has a lot playoff wins titles but for me, Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs is the best coach. I've read his methods from a book and what he does with his players is he optimizes them and run them into a series of plays, I mean all of them. That means everyone gets an equal shot at having the most points in a game. That means Tim Duncan didn't get to be the best because he takes most of the shots of the team. He has a high point average per game because he has a high shooting percentage. He chooses better shots and he makes them hit that's why he's one of the best players of Spurs. Phil Jackson, however, relies on Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan, or whoever can hit multiple jumpers or inside shots. That's not how a team should operate. That's putting the load into a player's shoulders.
10 Dec 10
It is nice to see that there is another person that agrees with me that Pop is the best coach. I do agree that he surely does know his stuff. He knows when someone is having an off night so he benches them. He also know how to give the playing time to those that deserve it and he does try to use all his players :) Happy Mylotting :)
10 Dec 10
Greetings I don't doubt the achievements Phil Jackson has had. However, bulk of the reason why he won multiple championships is due to the players he had in his teams : Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Bryant, Shaq, Gasol, Fisher. Those men have cemented themselves as one of the best players. Take out the rings, take out the players, and what do you have ? Just an old coach. I personally think that Greg Popovich is the best. His strategy is very unique. Look at the Spurs team : low playing time for Duncan, and more time for the bench. He knows how to make his players efficient and doesn't make his star players shoot 30 shots in a game and force them to score 30 to actually win the game. Popovich has found something else. His players Parker, Manu, Tim, Hill, Bonner, Blair are fit in such a way that they compensate for each other and stay healthy throughout. Duncan has been playing 17-22 minutes per game compared to other all stars. Parker and Manu play 30mins at maximum due to overtime but, the rest of the season, they only play 20s+. Pop is the best coach for me. Happy mylotting :)
• United States
11 Dec 10
well one thing i will say is the spurs are a pure team. some say they don't like how they win because i guess they don't have a player who scores around 30 points a game. to me though a win is a win no matter what. yes, Greg Popovich is a great coach and really works hard to mold his players and team overall. however phil jackson has 11 championship which is the most ever. the 11 championships is all i need to say phil jackson is the best nba coach ever.
6 Dec 10
I think Phill Jackson is a magician.He has made everything to the top.It was just amazing to see LA Lakers won their first championship in the season then.But I can't say that it was only due to him.He has made some good and tactical transfer series which ultimately led to the result.He is always on the top to establish some tricky strategies against the opponents.
• United States
6 Dec 10
Hey elmiko! As far as I'm concerned the answer is YES! I have been a Phil Jackson fan since he played for the Knicks many many years ago! (way before you were born)! I absolutely love him and he is the best coach ever, as he was one of the best players ever! Other coaches may come close, but Phil Jackson can't be beat! He has proved himself more than ten times over! Count his rings!