Has there ever been a player coach in the NBA?

Player-coach Bill Russell^*
Team(s) played and coached Boston Celtics
Years 1966–1969
G Regular season 245
W 162

Who has won an NBA championship as a player and a coach?

Phil Jackson

During his 20 year long coaching year, Jackson reached 19 playoffs, 13 NBA finals and won 11 championships. He holds the record for the most combined championships in the league as a player and a head coach.

Which NBA team has not won a championship?

Among the eight franchises left in the playoff picture, only three of them — the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks — have ever won a championship before. The other five teams — the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets — have never raised a title banner.

Why didn’t MJ become a coach?

When asked about never going for a coaching stint, the GOAT expressed, “I have no patience for coaching. My biggest problem from a competitive standpoint is the focus of today’s athlete and the focus where I saw the game, how I pursued the game — it changes and it’s totally different.”

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