Phil Jackson has coached for the Bulls in six NBA championships, and by the time he retired he held the highest all time career winning percentage.
The NBA record books are replete with accomplishments of the Bulls during Phil Jackson's tenure, including the 1995-96 championship season in which the Bulls established a new NBA record for regular season wins, finishing 72-10. By the close of the 1997-98 season, Phil Jackson had amassed 560 career victories as a coach in the NBA. He reached his 200th and 300th career victories faster than any other coach in NBA history. But as NBA fans know, it is the playoffs that count and Phil owns the highest playoff winning percentage of all NBA coaches.
Phil Jackson is constantly asked to share his motivational techniques -- not just with other coaches, but with people in all walks of life. As a response to this demand, he wrote Sacred Hoops. Sacred Hoops presents Phil's philosophy of mindful basketball--and how its principles can be used to promote a deeper understanding of life. As head coach of the world champion Chicago Bulls, Phil Jackson developed an innovative approach to the game that flies in the face of the self-centered dogma that has imprisoned the soul of American sports since the 1950s when Vince Lombardi gave his first winning-is-everything pep talk. Phil's system centers on the power of awareness and selfless teamwork to achieve success on the court and to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life. As he puts it, “Awareness is everything. Being aware is more important than being smart.”
During the off-season, Phil Jackson lives in Montana. When Phil is not fly-fishing in Montana or riding his motorcycles cross-country, he shares his motivational techniques as a speaker touring the world explaining his innovative theories of effective team building.