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Here’s a picture of Phil Jackson taken during the NBA Finals on June 15, a scant four months and 13 days ago.

Phil Jackson

He looks very distinguished with the beard, almost professor like. Maybe even a doctor. But here is photo of Jackson taken yesterday after practice in El Segundo (did he leave his wallet there?):

Phil Jackson

Here, Jackson looks, well, old. Did losing to the Celtics age him that much, or did his subscription to the elixir of life run out? Maybe he’s just not in mid-season form yet.

To be fair, here’s one from October 12 taken during a Lakers’ preseason game:

Phil Jackson

Is that an older Brian Billick or is that the coach of the LA Lakers? Evidently, Jackson would do well to bring back the beard.