Years: 1989-1998, 1999-2004, 2005-2011
Record and Accolades: 1155-485 (.704 winning percentage), 11 NBA Championships (6 with the Bulls and 5 with the Lakers), 1996 Coach of the Year
The Zen Master. What else really needs to be said? With more rings than he can fit on both hands, Phil Jackson was the ultimate coaching guru with an uncanny ability to keep egos in check. Yes, he had arguably three of the top 10 players in NBA history on his teams at different points in his career, but that can be both a blessing and a curse. The latter was the case during the Shaq-Kobe feud of the early to mid 2000s. The same issues also arose in 2007 when Kobe was making trade demands. Through it all, the Zen Master remained his calm, cool and collected self to manage the most aggressive personalities and make his teams into champions. We wonder how he did it. Well, one idea comes to mind...