If you ever want to see why Phil Jackson is the greatest active coach in the NBA then watch the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals (unless of course you're a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers).
While Jackson's critics have diminished his accomplishments by crediting the players he's had the privilege of coaching it's a disservice to him not to mention that none of those great players won a championship until Jackson became their coach.
There's a calmness about Jackson that oftentimes works for him and sometimes works against him. But it's hard to argue with any of his techniques considering he's won 10 championships, more than any coach in NBA history.
The Lakers trailed by 15 points in the fourth quarter of that Game 7 against Portland in 2000. Between the third and fourth quarters Jackson told his team not to look at the scoreboard and just play their game.
Players from that team talk about how Jackson spoke to them as if he knew they were going to win the game and that allowed them to play loose.
Compare and contrast Jackson's style in that situation with how Stan Van Gundy would have reacted in the same scenario. Chances are Van Gundy would have already been ejected for threatening to strangle and official or shattering his clipboard all over the hardwood.
Besides his amazing 1098-460 regular season Jackson has an even more impressive postseason record of 209-91.