Phil Jackson Net Worth

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Everything you need to know about Phil Jackson Net Worth

Phillip Douglas Jackson is an ex-pro basketball player, coach, and executive in the NBA. He played 12 seasons in the NBA and became an NBA champion with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. He has an estimated net worth of $73 million as of 2021. He went through certain leaps and bounds to achieve what he has today, let's take a look into his life and his achievements. 

Early Life and Career

  • Phil was born on September 17th, 1945. Both of his parents were ministers in the Assemblies of God. In the churches that they served his father preached on Sunday morning and his mother on Sunday evenings. Growing up he thought he would become a minister. 
  • He attended high school in North Dakota where he played Varsity basketball and led the team to a state title. The high school he studied in now has a sports complex named after him. Jackson was a gifted boy and got the attention of many basketball scouts. 
  • He attended college at the University of Dakota. 

NBA basketball career 

  • He was a professional basketball player and most of his time his fame and wealth came from basketball. He played for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998. 
  • Then he switched to the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and then from 2005-2011. 
  • As head coach, he won 11 championships and was named as the NBA coach of the year, in the year 1996 and is considered as one of the top 5 coaches in NBA history. 
  • He served as the president of the Knicks from 2015-2017 before letting go of it.    
  • He earned roughly $1 million per year from coaching the Bulls, $10 million per year from coaching the Lakers, and $12 million per year as an executive for the Knicks.

Personal Life 

  • Jackson has five children and eight grandchildren altogether. 
  • He married his first wife Maxine in 1967 and later got divorced in 1972. 
  • He married his second wife in 1974 and got divorced in early 2000. 
  • He dated the daughter of Lakers owner and both of them got engaged in 2013 after which they announced the termination of their engagement in December 2016. 

Zen Master  

  • Phil was nicknamed Zen Master because he was infused in meditation, early philosophy, and even Native American Parables into his coaching strategy. It worked great wonders on many superstars like Micheal B Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq to play in his team. 
  • This made them win many championships 

The one lesson to learn from Phil is that in order to excel in life one needs to read books. It was a very big factor in his success too which helped him a lot as a coach. He passed on that knowledge onto his team, in fact, he used to keep a handful of books for his players to read along on road trips. 

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