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Phil Jackson appears in Audi commercial

September 9, 2011 |  2:05 pm

Even as he's enjoying retirement, it appears Phil Jackson's coaching hasn't stopped.

Appearing in an Audi commercial, Jackson walks into a restaurant, overhears a "chef" yelling at one of his workers and explains why that wasn't the best approach.

"I've found that anger is the enemy of instruction," Jackson says.

"You don't know the egos I have to deal with," the chef responds, supposedly not realizing he's talking to the Zen master.

Jackson smirks, perhaps thinking back to his days handling Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. "You're probably right," he says.

Of course, Jackson could've followed his own advice at times. Ripping Bryant in his book "The Last Season" required both Bryant and Jackson to go at great lengths to restore their relationship during the coach's second run with the Lakers. Jackson poking Pau Gasol in the chest during Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks only sapped the power forward's confidence even more. 

But Jackson's legacy, with 11 championship rings, will always be closely tied his Zen-like qualities. They helped persuade Michael Jordan to embrace the triangle offense. They spurred O'Neal and Bryant to temporarily put their issues aside for three consecutive title runs. And recently they helped Rodman compose himself through an emotional Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

They also apparently don't hurt when shooting car commercials. 


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