Los Angeles

There was now only basketball. Well-known scheme: NCAA will pass, and then the NBA is not far off! So it was with Phil. But he also was a player! .. In 1967 he was selected in the second round draft pick by fairly modest number 17 in the command 'New York Knicks. " He immediately began to play at a fairly decent level, and so on end of the season came in the first team newcomers Association. Phil's great defense. Athleticism, endurance, and – this point all the omen! – Very long arms allowed him to withstand the equal skilled and talented League players.

'Workhorse' … He became indispensable to his team, but the star of first magnitude had not considered. While the fans 'New York' loved Phil sturdy soul. In 1970, "the Knicks' first time in history have won title. In the team soloists such outstanding masters as Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusher …

What are the names! In the final, were defeated formidable Chamberlain, Baylor, West, and … New York rejoiced! Such a success there did not know! Our hero has helped his team-mates only morally. Alas – all the way to pain in my back, only exacerbated by the spring … Nevertheless, it was Jackson became the author of 'Take It All' – a his diary of the Champions-1970. 'Nix' scored a great move. Protoskovav two years old in the finals of the Conference and the League, in 1973 they were reinforced by Jerry Lucas and Erlom Monroe, again took the set of rings. Again, the bits were the guys from Los Angeles. I saw a couple of games of the series, and tell you what to inflame the passions it was a big battle! Phil was in the ranks and took part in the beating of Californians. In 1975 appeared the first biography of Jackson, called 'Maverick' ('Wild'!). That is how our hero was calling the press, referring to its bright appearance and manner of weird, generously spiced with Eastern philosophy. But he was not shy of it! Booklet tells about many interesting things hippovanii Phil Young, in particular – about its 'pampering' with LSD and other interesting things. Star 'New York' meanwhile was setting fast. Veterans T-shirts hung on nails, the coach was quite inexperienced in such matters, Willis Reed, young people on a draft special talents do not shine … A typical case in general. 1974/1975 season, our hero was completed in the status of the leader of the Association of Personal … folam! He made them gather up as many as 330 pieces – nerves, know, play pranks! .. In 1978, Phil Jackson was released from 'New York'. Go far did not have to – neighbors of the 'New Jersey Nets' proposed short term veteran of the agreement, which he was very, very happy. He was not only a player but also as an assistant coach, various methods of passing shtudiruya coaching theory and basketball. The game had already departed for his second place. Rambunctious and furious Phil was ready to put on a strict suit 'Armani' and send players to their invaluable experience.