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PHIL'S POSSE ON THE CROWDED LAKERS BENCH SITS THE BRAIN TRUST JACKSON LEANS HEAVILY ON IN HOPES OF GAINING A COMPETITIVE EDGE.

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When Lakers coach Phil Jackson
For other people with the same name, see Philip Jackson.


Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team.
 was playing for the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Knicks championship team in 1973, the Knicks bench consisted of 12 players, head coach Red Holzman William "Red" Holzman (August 10 1920 – November 13 1998) was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982.  and trainer Danny Whalen.

My, how things have changed.

When Jackson and the Lakers take their seats tonight for Game 4 of the NBA Finals The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association.

The team winning the Eastern Conference Finals earns one of the two berths in the championship round, with the other going to the team that wins the Western Conference Finals.
, they'll be joined by three assistant coaches and team trainer Gary Vitti.

But that's only half the story. Directly behind Jackson and his players -- and right in front of the paying fans -- sits another group of team personnel, ranging from special assistants and equipment managers to doctors, gurus, strength and conditioning experts, athletic performance directors and athletic performance coordinators.

So many specialists, so little space.

So many, in fact, that when the Daily News tried to take a photo of the entire support group sitting behind the Lakers bench, it couldn't fit everyone in the lens.

It's just another example of how professional sports The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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 keeps getting bigger and more specialized.

As overdone o·ver·done  
v.
Past participle of overdo.

Adj. 1. overdone - represented as greater than is true or reasonable; "an exaggerated opinion of oneself"
exaggerated, overstated
 as it may seem, everyone has a role in the Lakers quest for the NBA NBA
abbr.
1. National Basketball Association

2. National Boxing Association

NBA (US) n abbr (= National Basketball Association) → Basketball-Dachverband (=
 title, albeit it most work behind the scenes.

Jackson is notorious for leaning heavily on his assistants, assigning each a group of opposing teams to scout and analyze in the hope of gleaning Harvesting for free distribution to the needy, or for donation to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to the needy, an agricultural crop that has been donated by the owner.  some sort of competitive edge. No surprise, then, that he has more coaches than seats to accommodate them on the actual bench.

He's also loyal, which is why so many staff members followed him to Los Angeles after working with him to Chicago. Assistants Jim Cleamons and Frank Hamblen, and athletic performance director Chip Schaeffer all worked with Jackson in Chicago, as did offensive guru Tex Winter, the godfather of Jackson's triangle offense.

Lastly, he's a proactive thinker, which is why he was open to the idea of bringing in Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a special assistant to work with the Lakers big men.

Specifically Andrew Bynum, who Abdul-Jabbar has worked extensively with since Bynum joined the team three years ago directly out of high school.

Put it all together and you have a support staff fit for a champion.

vincent.bonsignore@dailynews.com

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(1 - color) Lakers coach Phil Jackson call the shots during Game 3 of the NBA Finals surrounded by (front row, from left) Brian Shaw, Kurt Rambis, Frank Hambien, Gary Vitti, (back row, from left) Tex Winter, Chip Schaeffer, Jim Cleamons and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. For a description of each one's role, go to page. 6

Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer

(2 -- color) Kobe Bryant talks with Tex Winter.

(3 -- color) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar instructs Andrew Bynum.

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

(4 -- color) Pau Gasol listens to assistant coach Kurt Rambis.

Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

(5) no caption (Phil Jackson and the rest of the Lakers' coaching staff)

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Date:Jun 12, 2008
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