Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has a secret. Clearly, there is something he knows that the rest of us don’t. He is without equal in the modern age, not only in basketball, but in all sport. Eleven NBA titles and thirteen Finals appearances. The level of excellence is unmatched. There is obviously something he is doing, something that makes his approach so successful.
So, what makes Jackson unique?
Sure, he’s been labeled “the Zen Master” for years because of his approach to the game, his quirky mannerisms and the things he talks about. But, his unique style has separated him from all other NBA legends.
And, it's only fitting we reveal this secret behind the Zen today, as the Lakers embark on an east coast road trip that finds them playing Jackson's old team tonight, the Chicago Bulls.
For it was in Chicago in the 1990’s, when Jackson was head coach of the Chicago Bulls, where the Zen began. He honed his approach to the game, coaching the great Michael Jordan to six NBA titles, including two three-peats and setting the record for regular season wins in 1995.
There are key elements to Jackson’s style that are a real difference from other NBA coaches. Coincidence or not, Jackson holds the most rings coaching, at eleven and the twelve-pack possibly looms next June for his Lakers.
What are the elements of Jackson’s style? Let’s look at the keys for Jackson to prepare and allow the Lakers to hoist another NBA trophy.
These are the Secrets of Zen.