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Phil Jackson's tribute to revered Bulls assistant Johnny Bach

Phil Jackson's tribute to revered Bulls assistant Johnny Bach

Former Bulls coach Phil Jackson wrote the following essay about his former assistant Johnny Bach, who died Monday at 91.

In October of 1987, I joined the Chicago Bulls coaching staff as an assistant. The staff consisted of Doug Collins (a young 37-year-old head coach), Tex Winter, Johnny Bach, and myself. I was hired to get out on the road and scout the league, while the two "older" coaches were to stay with the team during training camp and preseason games.

Tex Winter was a personal friend of the GM, Jerry Krause, for many years and had been hired to be the "coach's coach" according to Jerry. Johnny Bach was on Doug Collins' Olympic coaching staff...

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