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3. Phil Jackson

From his beginnings on the East Coast as a player for the New York Knicks in 1967 to coaching on the West Coast for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, Phil Jackson’s influence in the NBA has been a pretty long journey. Within that time span, Jackson helped the Knicks score their 1973 NBA Finals win — before the team’s infamous 20-year Finals drought — and coached the Chicago Bulls to win six out of the 10 NBA Finals of the ’90s. Both feats and decades worth of other wins are why he held the NBA record for the most combined championships as a player and a head coach.

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