Beloved coach Phil Jackson brought his motivating charisma out of the locker room and into the world of entertainment. In 1967, he launched his NBA career with the New York Knicks. In 1978, he played for the New Jersey Nets. In 1984, he won his first coaching championship with the lower-level league Albany Patroons. In 1970, he won first NBA championship as a player with New York Knicks. In 1999, he took a coaching job with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1996, he was named NBA Coach of the Year. In 2007, he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. In 2012, he appeared in the documentary "Four Square Miles to Glory" . In 1999, he appeared in the documentary "Michael Jordan: His Airness." He also appeared in the TV movie "Unconquered" (CBS, 1988-89). He had a part on the television special "BET's Voices Against Violence Special" (BET, 1994-95). Jackson launched his entertainment career by acting in films like "The Music Box Kid" (1960). He also appeared in the TV special "John Wooden: Values, Victory and Peace of Mind" (PBS, 2000-01). During these years, he also worked in film, earning a part in the biopic "Michael Jordan to the Max" (2000) with Michael Jordan. Jackson most recently acted on "Kroll Show" (Comedy Central, 2012-15).
Launched his NBA career with the New York Knicks
Won first NBA championship as a player with New York Knicks
Played for the New Jersey Nets
Retired from playing basketball
Won his first coaching championship with the lower-level league Albany Patroons
Hired as assistant coach under Doug Collins for Chicago Bulls
Served as the Chicago Bulls head coach
Coached the Bulls to the team's first championship "three-peat"
Again coached Bulls in three back-to-back championships
Was named NBA Coach of the Year
Took a coaching job with the Los Angeles Lakers
Appeared in the documentary "Michael Jordan: His Airness"
Coached the Lakers into their own championship "three-peat"
Co-authored "The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul" with Michael Arkush
Was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame
Coached the Lakers in back-to-back championships
Appeared in the documentary "Four Square Miles to Glory"