Buzzer Beater
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Buzzer Beater

Phil Jackson’s Origin Story

Woodcut of NBA Coach Phil Jackson.

It was 1982 and Phil Jackson was unemployed. He’d retired from the NBA after a 12-year playing career and had no post-athletic job prospects. He took a junior college aptitude test and was told he was best suited for a career as a teacher or minister. He and his wife June opened a sports fitness club in Flathead Lake, Montana. Jackson pondered enrolling in law school or obtaining a degree in psychology.

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