Phil Jackson Leaning Toward Retirement

Phil Jackson Leaning Toward Retirement

Published June 23, 2010

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he's leaning toward retirement, but will wait until next week to make his final decision.

The 11-time NBA champion said Wednesday he'll get the results of another battery of medical tests before deciding whether to end his matchless coaching career.

After going through exit interviews with his players at the Lakers' training complex, the 64-year-old Jackson gave the strongest indication yet that he's ready to walk away from the two-time defending champions.

Jackson is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, and his 11 titles are two more than Boston's Red Auerbach.

He took a break from the Lakers for the 2004-05 season, but returned one year later.

Written by GREG BEACHAM,AP Sports Writer


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