The “Zenmaster” (as Phil is sometimes called) uses Zen philosophy and the ways of the Lakota Native Americans in his basketball coaching efforts. He has been an NBA coach since 1989, and was also an NBA player from 1968 to 1980.
Phil’s wizardry at building team chemistry and getting the best from his players has helped him win nine NBA championships as a head coach—with many more that are likely on the way.
Although he brings his own unique brand of wisdom to his job, Phil still respects the individuality of his players and does not force his ways and personality down their throat. In fact, he is well known for the way hebuilds and maintains harmony and rapport between himself and his players, and how he allows them to express their natural creative efforts.
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
The ideal way to win a championship is step by step.