Lakers Head Coach
Phil Jackson (Head Coach): Los Angeles Lakers
Most professional athletes and coaches hope for one magical season where everything aligns and they bring home a championship for their city. Phil Jackson doesn’t have enough fingers for his 12 rings. One as a player and 11 as a coach (6 with the Chicago Bull and 5 with the LA Lakers). Some claim that Jackson had it easy, coaching all stars and hall of famers like Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Karl Malone. Others praise the Zen Master and say no other coach could have managed the egos and talent to maintain prolonged success as Jackson did. Either way, this Hall of Fame manager had a lot more victories than defeats. His departure leaves the Lakers with a big hole to fill at the coaching position. It is certainly possible that we have not seen the last of Jackson as a coach and we can predict ESPN speculation about his return with every major coaching vacancy that appears.