Experience: 20 years (1989-98, 1999-2004, 2005-11)
Years with Bulls: 9 years (1989-98)
Career stats: 1640 wins, 1155 losses, .704 winning percentage
Bulls stats: 738 wins, 545 losses, .738 winning percentage
NBA championships: 11 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
All-time Bulls team role: Head coach
Bottom line: It’s amazing that just three years before the season in which Phil Jackson won his first NBA title as a head coach, he was coaching in a Puerto Rican Summer League and not even on the NBA’s radar. Jackson brought a different coaching style to the NBA and the Bulls, one that was influenced by Asian philosophy such as Zen Buddhist meditation.
Jackson also got Michael Jordan to become the best version of himself as MJ never won an MVP award or NBA championship until Jackson joined the bench. Even though Jackson had a rocky relationship with Bulls management, winning cures all, and he did lots of winning to the tune of six titles in eight years.
His winning percentage with the Bulls of .738 is the second-highest in NBA history for one coach with one team, trailing only Steve Kerr’s mark with the Warriors.