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Winning aside, Jackson 'a very normal guy'

Updated: June 3, 2004, 11:34 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It's the NBA Finals, and that means Phil Jackson digs into his personal jewelry box for a championship ring to inspire his players.

Jackson sported the 2001 ring won by the Los Angeles Lakers on his right pinkie Thursday. A bit gaudy perhaps, but the 58-year-old coach with nine titles to his credit is following a personal tradition.

"The stuff has just snowballed. I can't stop to absorb it all," he said of the staggering success he's experienced as an NBA ...

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