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“I’ll Take Bill Russell Over Michael Jordan”: When Phil Jackson picked up the legend of the Calatrix from above the goat, his first choice in the all-time fantasy draft game.

When Phil Jackson was promoting ‘XI Rings’, he controversially chose Bill Russell over Michael Jordan as his first pick in an all-time draft.

Phil Jackson played well in the NBA for 12 years before going into coaching. He faced the likes of Bill Russell, Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Julius Erving. He understands NBA greats and greatness like few others do.

Jackson won 2 championships while playing for the New York Knicks. He then went on to win 6 more as coach of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Shaquille O’Neill helped them win 3 more on the trot, while Kobe Bryant led his Lakers team in repeats. With 13 championships with his name on it, the Zen Master stands in rare field.

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The most successful head coach in NBA history will be at the forefront of his priorities when choosing players.

Phil Jackson quips Bill Russell on Michael Jordan, explains why

In an interview with Time magazine promoting his magazine XI Rings, Jackson was asked who he would choose in the all-time draft. His answer may surprise some, but certainly fits right logically:

“In my estimation, the man would be Bill Russell. He has won 11 championships as a player. When you win a championship the idea is really what excellence is. “

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The real argument for Michael Jordan as a goat is not simply around the success of his team. Or, as a matter of fact, even his personal success. Michael Jordan understood the real players and Baylor, having a stylistic influence on the NBA.

Jordan dominated as a guard during the NBA’s most physical era, when the big men were considered franchise centerpieces. Jordan, Steph and Kobe are the only 3 players to have won both MVP and Final MVP as guards. The latter two would not have done so without the influence of the former.

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