I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you're doing.
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
Then Jordan retired once more and Phil Jackson retired along with him. After a year of retirement, though, Phil Jackson returned to coaching with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2000-2001. The Lakers were a talented but troubled team, led by center Shaquille O'Neal and guard Kobe Bryant, who had joined them in 1996, directly out of high school.
Phil Jackson gave the Lakers a new focus on team defense, and they responded by winning three straight NBA titles in his first three seasons guiding the team. Phil Jackson's the only coach ever to take two different teams to three consecutive championships, and his total of nine titles ties him with Red Auerbach for the all-time lead.
From 1982 through the 1986-87 season, Jackson coached the Albany team in the Continental Basketball Association, then returned to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls in 1987. Phil Jackson became head coach in 1989.
After a second-place division finish in 1989-90, Phil Jackson guided the Bulls to three consecutive NBA championships, the first time that had been accomplished since 1966.
Superstar Michael Jordan retired after the 1992-93 season, and the Bulls finished out of the running for the next two years. But Jordan returned in 1994 and the Bulls once again won three straight NBA championships.
Books by Jackson (as author and co-author):
The Last Season: A Team in Search of its Soul
More Than a Game
The Gospel According to Phil
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
Star Basketball Players Coached by Phil Jackson:
After a year he rejoined the Nets and did some television commentary on television, then he returned to coaching with the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association, also coaching summers in Puerto Rico. In five seasons in Albany, Jackson steered the Patroons to a league title and won a CBA Coach of the Year Award.
He underwent spinal fusion surgery and missed the Knicks' first championship season, 1969-70, but was a key reserve on the team that won the title in 1972-73. Never a great scoring forward -- his 11.1 points per game in 1973-74 was his highest output -- Jackson annoyed opponents with his awkward, almost clumsy defensive and rebounding style.
In 1967, Phil Jackson was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks, where he played as a favored substitute for several years before joining the starting lineup. Though he was intelligent, hard working, and a good all-round athlete, he was never a star player. He retired from play in 1980.
Basketball coach. Born Philip Douglas Jackson on September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana. Widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association, Phil Jackson led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles from 1989 to 1998 and the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles.