Philip Douglas Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is a former American professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, Jackson played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, during which time Chicago won six NBA championships. He then coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011; the team won five championships under his leadership. Jacksons 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassed the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He holds the NBA record for the most combined championships (13).
Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winters triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that was influenced by Eastern philosophy, garnering him the nickname Zen Master. Jackson cited Robert Pirsigs book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the major guiding forces in his life. He also applied Native American spiritual practices, as documented in his book Sacred Hoops. He is the author of several candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. In 2007, Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, as part of celebrations for the National Basketball Associations 50th anniversary, Jackson was named one of the 10 greatest coaches in league history.Jackson retired from coaching in 2011 and joined the Knicks as an executive in March 2014. He was fired as the Knicks team president on June 28, 2017.