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Phil Jackson on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

May 17, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

Phil Jackson has a book to sell — “11 Rings” out May 21 (so he doesn’t count the two as a player with the Knicks?) — so you’re going to see a lot of him in your media space ver the next few weeks. The man knows how to be a salesman.

As part of that he went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday and talked about the book, about the Lakers with Mike D’Antoni and the fit there (he doesn’t see it, either), how he doesn’t really want to coach, plus how Shaq once came to practice naked… and another Shaq story.

Plus there was this amusing open with Adam Sandler….

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    So he has 13 rings including his playing days with the Knicks and let’s not forget his first coaching title with the 1984 Albany Patroons of the CBA… maybe they don’t give out rings though.

    • fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      yeah, they never count the first two for some reason.
      he did show for the 73 team reunion, bought Jeannie too.
      Clyde was talking about it on msg.

  2. fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    this will be fun, poor Jeannie, she probably feels bad
    every time the Zen Master sticks it to her bro.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    If we count Phil Jackson’s championship rings as a player then must we not also count Bill Russell’s 2 rings as a player-coach? Meaning he actually gets credit for 4 rings for those two seasons. That would give Bill Russell 13.

    • fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      bling is bling, count them all.

  4. badintent - May 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Jay Leno rating are sinking……………………down…………………….down…………………down

  5. dyn0myte - May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    There have been many great players in the NBA.

    Not all great players have won championships.

    Every great player that Phil Jackson has coached has achieved that goal.

    What else is there to say…

    • davidly - May 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      I agree mostly, in that it was him coming to LA that got O’Neal and Bryant theirs, and then Bryant again when he came back (a lot of people are not aware how much he had to build that second team; they weren’t ready to win when he returned).

      There is a caveat, though: he didn’t get one for Karl Malone or Gary Payton, and the latter went on to win one with Riley.

  6. kentuckyjet - May 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    He should coach the Nets

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