Phil Jackson was named among the 10 greatest NBA coaches in history, but it could be argued that he's simply the greatest. After winning two championships as a player, Jackson won a record 11 titles as a coach -- including three three-peats -- and holds the best all-time winning percentage (.704) of any NBA coach across multiple seasons. Since his first year as head coach, with the 1989-90 Chicago Bulls, Jackson racked up 1,155 wins over 20 seasons, all of which were winning seasons. But perhaps his greatest skill was one that cannot be quantified or measured: his ability to manage superstars and complementary players, whether it was with the Michael Jordan-led Bulls, or the Lakers with Kobe and Shaq.
But after 20 years at the helm, the Zen Master is expected to call it quits, and not on terms he had hoped. His two-time champion Lakers, on a quest to bring Jackson his fourth three-peat, were swept by Dallas in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals, ending their triumphant run in a less-than-stellar fashion. Jackson, 65, didn't go out on top, but his coaching resume is one that won't be topped anytime soon. While many will take the time to reflect on Jackson's on-court career, here's a look at some classic shots of him away from the gym.
In 1968, when Jackson was a rookie with the New York Knicks, his former wife, Maxine, presents him with their new baby girl, Elizabeth.
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Jackson gets in a little extra work following a Knicks practice at Pace College in 1973.
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Jackson appears to be falling over in disbelief at fantastic shots Knicks teammate Walt Frazier made during practice.
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A relaxed bunch of Knicks -- (from left, around table) Walt Frazier, Jackson, Dick Barnett, Jerry Lucas, Dean Meminger and captain Willis Reed -- sit around a projector with Red Holzman at Madison Square Garden before the NBA Eastern division championship in 1973. The Knicks went on to win their first ever championship that season.
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Jackson gets mobbed by fans at City Hall in New York in 1973 after the Knicks won the championship.
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Madison Square Garden physician, Dr. G. Viti, takes Jackson's blood pressure as the Knicks reported for preseason physicals.
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Clothing store executive Sy Syms presents The Unsung Hero award to Jackson.
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Jackson stops by Knicks offices with his bicycle on the day of the draft.
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The second-year Bulls coach dons a pretty spectacular straw hat.
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Jackson and his former wife, June, and their kids enjoy a round of hoops.
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The Jackson family -- (from left) Charley, June, Phil, Chelsea, Brooke and Ben -- are true sports.
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Phil checks in on the family bird.
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Jackson on a stool. Wearing Birkenstocks.
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Jackson drives away from the Bulls' practice facility in Deerfield, Ill., after clearing out his office in June 1998. Jackson had said all year that the season, his ninth in Chicago, would be his last. Even after the Bulls won their sixth championship in eight years, the coach turned down an offer from Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to coach for one more season. After taking a year off, Jackson took over the Lakers, with whom he won five more championships.
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Phil, on a beach.
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The Lakers coach marvels over the pregame offerings from the Staples Center chef.
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Phil, in a medieval robe. Don't ask.
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Phil and Lakers assistant coach (and inventor of the triangle offense) Tex Winter wait for food at Staples Center.
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Only the Zen Master can wear this shirt in public.
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