Position: Head coach
Experience: 20 years (1989-98, 1999-2004, 2005-11)
Years with Lakers: 11 seasons (1999-2004, 2005-11)
Career stats: 1640 wins, 1155 losses, .704 winning percentage
Lakers stats: 902 wins, 610 losses, .676 winning percentage
Championships (titles with Lakers in bold): 11 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
All-time Lakers team role: Head coach
Bottom Line: This spot could go to Pat Riley, who won four NBA championships with the Lakers. But Phil Jackson built the Lakers into a championship team. Riley inherited a team that won a title 18 months earlier while Jackson molded Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the team into winners.
Jackson’s Lakers came just short of matching the postseason success of Jackson’s Chicago Bulls, yet his 118 playoff wins in purple and gold are the second-most in NBA history for one coach with a single franchise, trailing only Gregg Popovich of the Spurs.