I saw an interesting stat this morning: Phil Jackson has by far the best regular-season winning percentage in NBA history (.738). He also has by far the best playoff winning percentage in NBA history, coincidentally also .738. He is going for his 9th NBA championship as a coach. Some people refuse to give Jackson credit because he has coached some of the greatest players ever, such as Jordan, Pippen, Shaq, and Kobe. I think it's the other way around -- Jackson made them better team players. Look at the facts: * Neither Jordan nor Pippen have been close to winning a title since leaving Jackson. * Neither Jordan nor Pippen were close to winning a title before Jackson was head coach in Chicago. * Shaq was not able to win in Orlando despite having an excellent supporting cast including Anfernee Hardaway. * Shaq and Kobe were swept out of the playoffs every year in LA until Jackson arrived. Yes, Jackson has coached great players, but those players never won without Jackson. And actually, Jackson's Bulls and Lakers often had less overall talent than other teams (Portland of the last couple of years was stacked). Jackson somehow knows how to fit in the perfect role players to complement his stars. He manages all the egos and gets the most out of everyone. He is the best NBA coach ever.