One of the most successful coaches in the NBA, Phil Jackson (b. September 17, 1945) has the best win loss record (1155 485) in the NBA. He coached the Bulls for 9 years, from 1989 to 1998, and led them to six NBA titles. He left the Bulls in 1998 to coach the LA Lakers, where he was the head coach from 1998 to 2010. The Los Angeles Lakers won 5 NBA titles under his guidance.
Considering his 2 NBA championships as a player, Jackson holds the record for the most NBA titles, at 13. His coaching was influenced by Eastern philosophy, and had a very holistic approach, earning him the moniker 'Zen Master'. Besides being known for his 11 titles, Jackson made famous the use of Tex Winter's triangle offense, which he used to great success in his career as a coach. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, Philip Douglas 'Phil' Jackson is synonymous with success in basketball circles.
Jackson holds the record for most combined NBA championships as a head coach and a player. His NBA winning percentage (.704) is the highest of all NBA head coaches' winning percentages.
Deemed as the most successful team official ever in the entire history of North American professional sports, Arnold Jacob 'Red' Auerbach (September 20, 1917 October 28, 2006) is more famously remembered as the 'pioneer of modern basketball'. He is known to have redefined the game of basketball as a sport characterized by team play and defense. He was the one to introduce the 'fast break', an offensive strategy in basketball.
Auerbach successfully groomed many basketball players that were later inducted into the 'Basketball Hall of Fame'. Color barriers in the NBA were demolished by Auerbach when he drafted the first African American NBA player, Chuck Cooper, into the sport.
Auerbach guided many teams, like the Washington Capitols, Tri Cities Blackhawks, and Boston Celtics to basketball victory during his tenure as coach. His signature move of smoking a cigar before every game that he thought would be an assured win became 'the ultimate symbol of victory' for many. Another feather was added to his cap in the year 1967, when the 'NBA Coach of the Year Award' was re named the 'Red Auerbach Trophy'.
The 'NBA Coach of the Year Award' was named as the 'Red Auerbach Trophy' in 1967.
Charles Jerome 'Chuck' Daly (July 20, 1930 May 9, 2009), an American basketball coach, had a 14 year NBA coaching career. He was hired by the Detroit Pistons in 1983 as the head coach. The Pistons had never won back to back NBA championships ever before, which changed under the direction and guidance of Daly. Not only did they make it to the playoffs every year during Daly's tenure, they also reached the NBA finals thrice, and won two consecutive NBA championships (1989 and 1990).
Daly, who began his basketball career as coach in 1955, is best known for leading the Dream Team to the men's basketball gold medal in 1992 at the Summer Olympics. His 564 379 (.598) career record is recorded as the thirteenth best among all the NBA coaches, and ninth best by percentage.
He led the Detroit Pistons to two consecutive NBA championship victories.
Known particularly for being a success story that made teams playoff contenders during the length of his coaching career, William Charles 'Bill' Fitch is a man with many feathers in his hat. He had a successful stint as a former National Basketball Association head coach, was a US Marine Corps drill instructor, and also a baseball coach.
During his career as an NBA coach, Fitch was known to be hired to save failing teams, and was successful at it too. The teams he coached always made it as playoff contenders. For this reason, he was repeatedly hired to fulfill attempts of improving failing teams.
Summing up his career as an NBA coach, Fitch was ranked fifth cheap jerseys among all the coaches in all time number victories (944), but he also ranked second in all time losses (1106), after Lenny Wilkens.
Boston Celtics lifted the 1981 NBA Championship under the guidance of Fitch. He made it to the list of NBA's wholesale nfl jerseys Ten Greatest Coaches of All Time in 1996.
Red Holzman (August 10, 1920 wholesale nhl jerseys November 13, 1998) is best known as the head coach of New York Knicks (1967 1982). He guided the Knicks to a single season NBA 18 game win streak, breaking a 17 game record that was set in 1946.
Holzman was one of the very few people who won NBA championships as a player as well as a coach. As basketball head coach, he had a 696 604 win loss record.
During his tenure of 15 years as the head coach for New York Knicks, he accumulated 613 wins. The number 613 has been retired by the team in Holzman's honor, to equal their number of wins under his guidance.
Holzman's name was incorporated into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the year 1985. The number 613 (Red Holzman's wins as head coach), has been retired by the New York Knicks in his honor.
John Kundla, born as John Albert Kundla on July 3, 1916, is an American NBA head coach, who is famous for guiding the Lakers. He quit the position of head coach of Minneapolis Lakers to coach Minnesota Gophers for 9 years, until he retired as coach.
It is interesting to know that Kundla had originally turned down Minneapolis Lakers' offer to train them as their head coach, as he was not too impressed with their professional ranks. Later, a revision in the salary is all it took to bring him on board as head coach.
His career as head coach of basketball is adorned by a 423 302 win loss record in the regular season, and a 60 35 win loss record in the playoffs. Kundla's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1955 was his career highlight.
John Kundla was elected in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the year 1995, and continues to be the oldest living member of this club.
Born as Donald Arvid 'Don' Nelson on May 15, 1940, and often known as an innovator, Don Nelson gave to the sport of basketball the concept of 'point forward', a strategy that is now employed by every team. One of his record breaking stints was to overtake Lenny Wilkens for the spot of the highest number of all time NBA wins (1335).
He coached the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, and the Dallas Mavericks. With an all time 1335 1063 win loss record, Nelson was known for his unorthodox and innovative basketball philosophy.
He is credited with the invention of 'Hack a Shaq', a defense strategy used extensively in the NBA. Nelson was invited to coach Dream Team II to play at the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Toronto. He accepted the invitation and led the team to a gold medal win.
In the year 2010, Don Nelson surpassed Lenny Wilkens' record and went on to become the head coach to win the most NBA championships, and mark a spot as the first all time on NBA's winningest coaches list.
However, his next job as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers proved beneficial for him as well as the team. The team had never made it to the playoffs or won the championships in their six year history, ever. Ramsay's guidance led them to their one and only NBA title.
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