This Day In Sports History (June 16th) – Phil Jackson
It was on this day in 1999 that the Los Angeles Lakers hired Phil Jackson as their next head coach. After leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles, Jackson took a year off from coaching before returning to coach the Lakers.
In his first year in L.A., Jackson produced immediate results, as the Lakers would finish the year 67-15, good enough for first in the NBA. They would make it to the NBA finals where they beat the Indiana Pacers for the franchise’s 12th championship. Los Angeles won the next two years to make it a three-peat, Jackson’s third three-peat as a head coach.
After winning yet another NBA Championship last season, Jackson now has an incredible 11 rings as a coach and two as a player.
Here is a clip of Jackson comparing Jordan and Kobe
Kerry Wood, MLB – Born June 16th 1977 (age 34) in Irving, Texas
Kevin Bieksa, NHL – Born June 16th 1981 (age 30) in Grimsby, Ontario
Rick Nash, NHL – Born June 16th 1984 (age 27) in Brampton, Ontario