This past week witnessed what was most likely the end of a Hall of Fame coaching career for Phil Jackson. While he did coach some of the greatest players to ever play the game, often overlooked has been his ability to get the best out of his players. After all, you can’t accomplish anything great by yourself.
In a recent article by Bill Simmons, the Zen Master finally gets some credit for being the master manager that he seemed to be. The article is entitled “Appreciating the Zen Master in full.” It’s an interesting look into the coach, the challenges he’s navigated his teams through, and his management approach with the players.
It also provides a look into the 90’s Chicago Bulls and subtly hints at who Jackson thinks was the greatest player he’s ever coached.