Phil Jackson is a former National Basketball Association(NBA) player and coach, who is probably famous for coaching Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. He is also an executive in the National Basketball Association. Now let’s have a close look at Phil Jackson’s net worth in 2018.
Phillip Douglas Jackson, commonly known as Phil Jackson was born on September 17, 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana. His father, Charles Jackson, and mother, Elizabeth Funk were ‘Assemblies of God’ ministers. Phil along with his siblings grew up in a very strict environment, where dancing or television was not allowed. Growing up, he always thought he would end up being a minister.
Phil attended his high school in Williston, North Dakota. He always loved playing basketball and represented his high school and led them to two state titles. He was a complete sportsman and played football, baseball and also participated in the discus throw. Many college coaches were impressed by his high school basketball performance and wanted to recruit him in their college.
After receiving offers from many colleges, Phil decided to join the University of North Dakota, where he was recruited by Bill Fitch. He helped North Dakota Fighting Hawk’s to third and fourth place finish in NCAA Division II tournament during his sophomore and junior years.
Phil Jackson has been married twice. First, he was married to Maxine, but the couple got divorced within five years. He second marriage was with June Jackson, and the couple were married for almost 27 years and were blessed with four kids. Due to their personal differences, the couple decided to end their relationship and got divorced.
Phil then started dating, Jeanie Buss, the daughter of Jerry Buss, who is an owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. The couple was engaged for three years and suddenly decided to terminate their relationship.
Phil Jackson joined New York Knicks as a second-round draft pick. After three years, New York Knicks won the NBA title. At the time, New York Knicks had a strong team, and Phil was not a regular in the team. After the retirement of some key players, he became one of the most important substitutes for the team.
After a decent career at Knicks, he was traded to New Jersey Nets. He played there for one season and took an official retirement from basketball as a player. In total, he played for thirteen years as a professional basketball player.
After retirement, he took a coaching job at lower- leagues like the Puerto Rico National Superior Basketball and the Continental Basketball Association. Phil Jackson was good at being a coach, and soon his coaching talent was recognised by NBA team management. Soon came the golden opportunity, when Chicago Bulls came knocking on his door for the assistant managerial post. Two years he worked there as an assistant coach.
After two years of gaining experience of assistant coach at the Bulls, he was promoted as a head coach. It was at Chicago Bulls, Phil Jackson made his name as NBA coach. During his nine years of reign, he won six NBA championship. His work was applauded by a lot of basketball fans around the world. He became one the best coach in the history of NBA.
Phil left Bulls as some feuds were going on between the management. After leaving Bulls, he joined Los Angeles Lakers. In his second season at Lakers, he won NBA championship for them. He served Lakers for four years and left the club. He also took retirement as a coach. The very next season, Lakers were struggling without him, so Lakers appointed him again as their manager.
After re-appointing Phil as Lakers manager, they started performing well, and in 2009 and 2010, Phil won consecutive NBA titles with Lakers. After winning his last NBA title in 2010, Phil Jackson retired from NBA as a coach.
Awards & Achievements
Phil Jackson is one of the most successful NBA managers in the history of basketball. His biggest achievement would be winning ‘NBA coach of the year’ in 1996. He was also the recipient of ‘Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award’.
Net Worth of Phil Jackson
The estimated net worth of Phil Jackson is approximately $60 million. According to the reports, Phi Jackson was getting a salary of $10 million. Most of his net worth comes from his contribution as a player and coach to basketball.
Phil Jackson was not great at playing basketball, but as a coach, he was the best. As a coach, Phil has one of the highest winning percentages in the history of NBA. Phil Jackson will always be remembered for his greatness as a coach.