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Phil Figured

May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011

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May 23, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TUSCALOOSA
NOVAK DJOKOVIC
  • NOVAK DJOKOVIC ALWAYS HAD THE TALENT AND DRIVE TO BECOME THE WORLD'S BEST TENNIS PLAYER, BUT HIS NERVES AND BODY BETRAYED HIM. NO MORE. GOING INTO THE FRENCH OPEN, HE'S 37--0 FOR 2011 AND GUNNING FOR THE LONGEST MEN'S WINNING STREAK OF THE OPEN ERA

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A career by the numbers

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?

This is an article from the May 23, 2011 issue

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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)