Phil Figured

A career by the numbers
May 22, 2011

So just how will Phil Jackson, who last week retired at age 65 after 20 years as an NBA coach, be remembered? How about, as these numbers suggest, as the greatest coach in NBA history?

.704

Regular-season winning percentage, best in the NBA of anyone who coached more than one year.

11

Championships, most not only in NBA history but also in any major North American sport.

65

Percentage of seasons in which his teams made the NBA Finals.

55

Percentage of seasons in which his teams won the NBA Finals.

20

Consecutive years his team won at least one playoff game, most for any coach in a major pro sport.

25

Consecutive postseason series wins between 1996 and 2003, by far the longest run in NBA history.

17

Seasons with 50 or more wins.

0

Sub-.500 seasons.

PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (JACKSON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)