Yearbook, June 16: Lakers get Phil Jackson

June, 16, 2012
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June 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.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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