TNT Analyst David Aldridge wrote an outstanding article about 'The Zen of Ten', outlining how Phil Jackson became the most successful coach in NBA history.
He took the lessons from the Knicks team on which he played and which won the 1973 title, and from its coach, Red Holzman: individual sacrifice for the good of the group. It has been the cornerstone of his coaching philosophy.
"The best way to sum it up is just that Phil's belief in his own players far outweighs that of any coach I've ever played for in terms of his willingness to allow the players to be players and make the plays," Fisher said Sunday. "... I've never coached before so I don't want to say overcoached or undercoached or over-whatever, but his willingnesss to allow things to happen and develop and grow and mature. There are not a lot of coaches in the Playoffs and Finals, when everything is on the line, that will still be playing nine, 10, 11 guys in the rotation."