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Career Record: 1098-460, 11 titles
Phil Jackson has had the incredible fortune of coaching Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant. Ask any of those Hall-of-Fame caliber players about the impact Jackson's coaching has on a team, and the argument that his titles have anything to do with luck goes right out the window.
He's the most successful coach in NBA history and he's achieved his success in a different way than almost any other coach. I've never understood why more coaches don't try to emulate Phil's calm, calculating style. For some reason, most coaches would rather throw countless terrible-two style temper tantrums.
Phil attempts to reach his players through philosophy rather than coercion. He responds to crisis with composure rather than panic.
His mastery of the triangle offense has allowed superstars like Jordan, Bryant, and Pippen to showcase their skills in ways they wouldn't have been able to in other systems.
Perhaps the biggest credit to Phil's greatness is the way he's dealt with two of the most competitive and selfish personalities in the history of professional sports, and Kobe and Michael both love him for it.
A lot of people are ready to crown the Miami Heat before the regular season even starts. As for me, I've got the Lakers winning it all for Kobe's second three-peat and Phil's fourth.
Best Case: 60-65 wins, NBA Champions
Worst Case: 50-55 wins, lose in conference finals