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Would Phil Jackson pick Bill Russell over Michael Jordan to start his dream team?


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 New York Knickerbockers honor the 40th anniversary of the 1972-73 World Championship team at halftime of the Knicks and Bucks game at Madison Square Garden. (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knickerbockers honor the 40th anniversary of the 1972-73 World Championship team at halftime of the Knicks and Bucks game at Madison Square Garden. (Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

If there is anyone on the planet that knows a thing or two about basketball, it’s the legendary Phil Jackson.

Jackson has 11 NBA Championships to his coaching resume and two as a player. That’s more bling than one could fit on their two hands.

The man knows how to win championships, and he knows what to look for in players to lead him to the top.

Jackson has coached both Michael Jordan, the single greatest player of all time, and Kobe Bryant.  But would he center his team around either of those superstars?

In an interview with Time (via ESPN), Jackson eluded to the fact that they wouldn’t be his top priority. That accolade belongs to legendary center Bill Russell.

“In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell. He has won 11 championships as a player. That’s really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.”

Russell, who was the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty, has 11 championships to his name and five MVP awards. He is the greatest center of all time, and that’s really not up for debate.

Jackson’s selection of Russell to center his team around shouldn’t shock too many people, however. Russell provides the foundation for which Jackson can build around.

Once Russell formed the foundation, you’d have to believe Jackson would take Jordan second. Just imagine Russell and Jordan working in pure harmony together on the same floor, dishing back and forth. It would be a thing of beauty.

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