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Phil Jackson Opens Up at MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 2: Former NBA coach Phil Jackson addresses former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal during a jersey retirement ceremony at Staples Center on April 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 28, 2014

NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson attended the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference in Boston on Friday, and he had a number of interesting things to say about his time with both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

According to Sean Highkin from USA Today's For The Win, Jackson created a list of power forwards to bring in once Michael Jordan returned back in the summer of 1995. Of those seven power forwards, Dennis Rodman was the last one on the list, yet he ended up being the one the Bulls brought in.

Martin Knezevic from Rant Sports provided us with the name at the top of that list:

Jovan Buha from Fox Sports tweeted that Jackson claimed he wanted to draft Vlade Divac, despite the fact that he was a smoker:

But Jackson didn't stop with stories about the Bulls. He also opened up about the Lakers, providing these quotes via Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders and Andres Alvarez from Nerd Numbers:

It's safe to say that Jackson wasn't afraid to open up during this conference.

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