Yearbook, June 16: Lakers get Phil Jackson
June, 16, 2012
By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
Mike Nelson/Getty ImagesJune 16, 1999: He recently said he wouldn't want to coach a "clumsy" New York Knicks team. But 13 years ago today, Phil Jackson made a different choice. That day the man who made it his habit to win titles signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise that hadn't hoisted a trophy since 1988. And yeah, it worked; the Lakers won in Jackson's first year, and in two stints in L.A., he ran his ring total from six to a Red Auerbach-passing 11.