Today in Sports History: December 23

By Jonah Sharf

On December 23, 1997, legendary coach Phil Jackson won his 500th game and became the fastest NBA coach to reach this milestone, in 682 games. Jackson is considered one of the best coaches of all time, holding a record for most NBA championships by a head coach with 11—6 with the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan, and 5 with the Los Angeles Lakers and Shaq and Kobe. Jackson was a no-doubt Hall of Famer, inducted in 2007 as a coach, and has the highest winning percentage of any Hall of Fame coach, with a winning percentage over .500 every season he coached.

 

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