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Phil Jackson would take Bill Russell first if starting an all-time team

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

In an interview with Time magazine, 11-time coaching champion Phil Jackson said if he were starting a team all-time, he'd pick Celtics legend Bill Russell over Michael Jordan.

Interesting choice from the guy who won six titles with Jordan, and five with Kobe Bryant.

"That's the ideal of excellence when it comes to championships," Jackson said of Russell. Russell is first and foremost regarded as an all-time great for his defense, something that Jackson always emphasized (though his teams were rarely at an elite level defensively, particularly in the modern "help era" of the NBA). Russell is also widely considered the ultimate "teammate" in his ability to make other players better, which certainly vibes with what Jackson preaches.

Jackson's newest book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, is in stores now.

HT: Slam Online

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