Phil Jackson Attends Eagles' Virtual Offseason Meeting as Guest Speaker

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 21, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson heads back to the bench during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 122-86, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Phil Jackson led the Chicago Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98) and Los Angeles Lakers (2000-02, 2008-10) to 11 NBA championships as a head coach, and the 74-year-old imparted his wisdom on the Philadelphia Eagles during a virtual team meeting Thursday:

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

Brandon Graham says Phil Jackson talked with Eagles today about #TheLastDance during virtual team meeting “You got to have those moments where you stay in games, when things go wrong, you have to keep the spirit up. Enjoy your role. On a team, everybody has a place” 📸 BG https://t.co/cwGsRU4bIg

Zach Berman @ZBerm

Brandon Graham said Phil Jackson spoke to the Eagles today about the Last Dance. "It was cool, because that's a legend right there," Graham said. He discussed about persevering through the season.

Jackson and the Michael Jordan-led Bulls have resurfaced in mainstream media because of The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary series that aired on ESPN from April 19 to May 17. 

Chicago deciding to replace Doug Collins with Jackson as head coach because of Collins' resistance toward implementing the triangle offense was one of several topics explored in the series.

The Bulls selected Jordan third overall in the 1984 NBA draft, and the six-time champion had three head coaches (Collins, Stan Albeck, Kevin Loughery) before Jackson took over and maximized his Hall of Fame abilities for team success.

The Last Dance centered around the Bulls' 1997-98 title run, the sixth and final one of their dynasty, with the title came from Jackson:


The theme for the 1997-98 @chicagobulls season set by Phil Jackson... The Last Dance. #TheLastDance premieres Sunday (4/19) at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN! https://t.co/JBWTRf7BaK

Bulls brass had explicitly stated prior to the 1997-98 campaign that it would be the last of Jackson's tenure as head coach of the team, while Jordan's decision to announce his second retirement as well as other players such as Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman leaving for other organizations were assumed but not confirmed until afterward.