Phil Jackson is an American former basketball player, a coach, and an executive for the NBA who has earned a massive net worth from his playing and coaching career. He was a player from 1967 to 1980, where he took the position of power forward. He played for 12 seasons in the NBA and won NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973.
Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, leading them to six NBA championships. He then coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011; the team won five league titles under his leadership. He also holds the NBA record for the most combined championships, winning a total of 13 as a player and a coach. In 2007, Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
About Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson was born on September 17, 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana. His birth sign is Virgo. Jackson is an American and belongs to the white ethnicity when talking about his nationality.
Jackson’s father, Charles Jackson, and mother, Elisabeth Funk Jackson, were Assemblies of God ministers. He grew up alongside his two brothers and half-sister in a remote area of Montana in an austere environment, where no television or dancing was allowed.
Phil Jackson’s Early Life and Education
Phil Jackson saw his first movie in his senior high school and eventually went to a dance for the first time in college. Phil Jackson attended Williston high school in North Dakota, where he began to play varsity basketball and ultimately led the squad to 2 state titles. Jackson also played football during his high school days and was a pitcher on the baseball team. Bill Fitch, then NBA coach, successfully recruited Jackson to North Dakota University. Jackson played well during his sophomore and junior years, helping the Fighting Sioux to 3rd and 4th place finishes in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Phil Jackson Professional Career
Phil Jackson began his professional career in 1967 after he was drafted by the New York Knicks. He retired as a player in the 1979-80 NBA season. Jackson joined his coaching career immediately after his retirement. Јасkѕоn hаd ѕоmе dіffеrеnсеѕ wіth Вullѕ gеnеrаl mаnаgеr Јеrrу Кrаuѕе, аlthоugh hе lеd thе tеаm tо wіn оn mаnу оссаѕіоnѕ.
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Phil Jackson Net Worth
Phil Jackson has an estimated net worth of around $70 million. He has accumulated wealth from his career as a basketball player and as a coach as well. During his 9-years coaching career with the Bulls, Phil made a total of $9 million. After leaving the Bulls, Jackson took a brief break from the NBA, only to return in June 1999 with a $30 million five-year contract with the Lakers.
Phil earned $11 million per year as President of the Knicks before they parted ways in June of 2017. He has also earned good money from other ventures also. Jackson is a writer and has a number of books that he has authored. He owns several properties and luxurious houses in different parts of the US. Phil was awarded the NBA Coach of the Year Award in 1996. He was awarded Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award in 2002 and 2010.
NBA veteran Phil Jackson has an estimated net worth of $70 million (as of 2022). He has largely earned his wealth through his professional career as a coach, president, and also as player. On March 18, 2014, he signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the New York Knicks, where he holds a leadership position with the team. During his time as president of the Knicks, Jackson earned $11 million annually before parting ways in June 2017.
The New York Knicks paid $24 million to Phil Jackson to terminate the remaining 2-year contract as president in 2014. In addition, his nine years (1989-1998) as a coach with the Bulls earned him $9 million each year. In addition, his salary as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers (1999-2004 and 2005-2011) was $6 million. And he also earned much more as a player.
Phil Jackson Won Awards
Phil Jackson is the NBA Coach of the Year in 1996, the same year Jackson was named one of the ten greatest NBA coaches of all time. He was also awarded the United States Sports Academy’s “Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award” in 2002 and 2010.