Phil Jackson vs. Pat Riley: Comparing Their Careers as Coach of the Lakers

Considering all of the great players who have suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the years, a person could make an argument for several of them as being the greatest Laker of all-time.

But when it comes to deciding the franchise’s all-time best coach, there are only two options: Pat Riley or Phil Jackson.

As coach of the Lakers, Jackson and Riley combined to win nine championships, 1,143 regular season games, 220 playoff games and 54 playoff series.

This article will compare the two men’s careers as coach of the Lakers. Not only will the coaches’ championships and overall statistics be compared, but I have written two slides for each coach arguing why they can legitimately be considered the franchise’s all-time best coach.

But before we get down to the nitty gritty, let’s take a look at each coach’s respective journey to Los Angeles.

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