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Considering all of the great players who have suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the years, a person could make an argument for several of them as being the greatest Laker of all-time. As coach of the Lakers, Jackson and Riley combined to win nine championships, 1, regular season games, playoff games and 54 playoff series. Photo Courtesy of: sikids. After playing four years of basketball at the University of Kentucky, under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, Pat Riley was drafted by the San Diego Rockets in the first round of the draft. After playing three seasons with the Rockets, Riley spent the next six seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning a championship in Jackson became the head coach of the Bulls in The rest, as they say, is ancient history. Jackson was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer Jackson won five titles in his 11 seasons with the team. But the season ended on a sour note, when the Lakers were beat by the Phoenix Suns in the conference semifinals.
Riley filed for a trademark on the term three-peat when he was head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in , even though the team had only two consecutive titles under its belt. When other coaches might have balked at taking jobs in high-profile cities like Los Angeles or New York, Riley made these pressure-filled gigs his calling. In an era when NBA players first achieved true global superstar status, Riley was the rare coach who ascended right alongside them. Riley excelled at both basketball and football as a youth. He stuck with basketball and went on to win a title with the Lakers in but was never more than a role player during his on-court professional career. Riley retired in and one year later joined the Lakers as a broadcaster. In he became an assistant coach for the team, and he was promoted to head coach early in the —82 season when young star Magic Johnson clashed with incumbent coach Paul Westhead.