Phil Jackson Biography

( 1945 - )
November 4, 2018
First published on:November 23, 2017
by Mandy Rhods

Facts of Phil Jackson

Date of Birth: 1945, September 17
Age: 74 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 8 Inch
Birth Name Philip Douglas Jackson
Birth Place Deer Lodge, Montana
Famous Name Phil Jackson
Father Charles Funk
Mother Elizabeth Funk
Net Worth $70 million
Salary $11 million
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Started career as Basketball Player
Awards 1996 NBA Coach of the Year
University attended University of North Dakota
School attended Williston High School
Currently Married No
Married to Maxine (m. 1967 d. 1972), June (m. 1974 d. )
Divorce Yes ( Maxine, June)
Affair with Jeanie Buss
Girlfriend No

Philip Douglas Jackson better known as Phil Jackson is an American legendary NBA coach and former professional basketball player. As a coach, he won 6 NBA Championships with Chicago Bulls and 5 with Los Angeles Lakers.


As a basketball player, Phil Jackson is a two time NBA Champion. He was also an executive for the New York Knicks from 2011 till 2017. Let's take a look at his wiki for more information regarding his career, personal life, net worth, family, wife and more.

Phil Jackson Early Life

Phil Jackson was born on 17th of September 1945, in Deer Lodge, Montana. His birth sign is Virgo. Talking about his nationality, Jackson is an American and belongs to white ethnicity. 

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 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. During his high school days, Jackson also played football and was a pitcher on the baseball team.

Bill Fitch, then NBA coach, successfully recruited Jackson to the North Dakota University. During his sophomore and junior years, Jackson played well, helping the Fighting Sioux to 3rd and 4th place finishes in the NCAA Division II tournament.

Phil Jackson NBA Career

In the year 1967, Phil Jackson was picked in the second round by the New York Knicks. Although he had a brief playing time, he established himself as a fan darling and one of the NBA’s leading substitute. Phil Jackson moved to New Jersey Nets in 1978 and retired as a player in 1980.

YouTube: Phil Jackson Highlights

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Phil Jackson Coaching Career

In the beginning, Jackson mainly coached in lower-level professional leagues, notably Puerto Rico’s national Superior Basketball and Continental Basketball Association.

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In 1987, Jackson was appointed as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls and was later promoted to head coach in the year 1989. Over 9 seasons, he managed the club to 6 championships, winning 3 straight championships over 3-year spell.

In 1998, after the Bull’s final title of the Michael Jordan era, Phil Jackson departed from the team promising never to coach again. However, after a year off, he resolute to join the Los Angeles Lakers as a coach, leading the team to won 5 Championships from 2000 to 2010.

Phil Jackson Executive career

On 18th March 2014, Phil Jackson was appointed as the president of the New York Knicks, signing a 5-year contract for a heavy worth of $60 million.

On 13th July 2017, the former vice president of basketball operations Sacramento Kings Scott Perry replaced Jackson. Apart from that, Jackson has also written seven books including, Journey to the Ring, Eleven Rings, The Last Season and more.

Phil Jackson Awards

Phil Jackson is the 1996 NBA Coach of the year. The same year, Jackson was ranked one of the ten greatest NBA coaches of all time. He also won the "Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award" by the United States Sports Academy in 2002 and 2010.

Phil Jackson Personal Life

Currently, seventy-three-year-old Jackson is possibly single. He has married twice and was engaged once. Going back in 1967, Jackson tied the knot with Maxine. However, the couple ended their relationship for an undisclosed reason in 1972. The couple has one daughter together named Elizabeth.

In 1974, Jackson exchanged vows with his second spouse, June but same as his first relationship it didn’t work and both chose to split up. Together, they have four children; Chelsea, Brooke, and two twins; Ben and Charlie.

After the tragic separation, Jackson found love with Jeanie Buss, daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. The lovebird met in 1999 and after dating for several years the two engaged in 2013. Nonetheless, Jackson and Buss called off their engagement via the joint statement on Twitter.

Also Read: How much is Jeanie Buss’ Net worth? Know about her Salary, Career and Achievements

Phil Jackson also admitted to using marijuana as well as LSD in the past. In March 2011, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Phil Jackson Net Worth

As of 2018,  Phil Jackson has an estimated net worth of $70 million. He has earned his wealth widely through his professional career as a coach, president, and player as well.

Moreover, Jackson earned $11 million annually while he served as a President of the Knicks before they separated their ways in June 2017. New York Knicks paid $24 million to Phil Jackson to cut the remaining 2 years deal as the president in 2014.

Similarly, while serving as an executive to the Knicks, Phil Jackson earned $60 million which is around $50,000 per day. Further, his nine-year spell with the Bulls amassed him $9 million every year. His salary as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was $6 million. 

As of now, Phil Jackson owns luxurious homes in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles, as well as in Lakeside, Montana. He bought a $4.85 million apartment in midtown New York in 2014. Moreover, Jackson has also bought a house in Los Angeles, California.

Phil Jackson Facts

Phil Jackson has a standing height of 6 feet and 8 inches and he weighs 100 kg. He is not very active on his social media accounts however, he has a Twitter account. Moreover, information about his bio and stats can be found on the wiki. 

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