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Phil Jackson provides some answers to coaching future, questions Phoenix Suns' protest on state immigration policy

May 5, 2010 |  1:43 pm

In a wide-ranging news conference before the Lakers' 111-103 Game 2 victory Tuesday over the Utah Jazz, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson provided some clues on what his coaching future entails.

He ruled out interest in returning to the Chicago Bulls, after they fired Coach Vinny Del Negro. He shot down a suggestion that he might coach elsewhere if the Lakers don't keep him beyond this season, a notion girlfriend and Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss recently suggested as a possibility. And he maintained he wouldn't know definitively know his future until the playoffs ended.

Said Jackson: “There’s a 90% chance of, if I’m coaching, I’d be here.”

What appeared to be more of an interesting twist involved his stance on the Phoenix Suns wearing "Los Suns" jerseys for their Game 2 tonight against the San Antonio Spurs to express protest over the controversial Senate Bill 1070, which Latino and civil-rights groups charge could lead to racial profiling of Latinos in efforts to enforce immigration.

Jackson had campaigned for Sen. Bill Bradley in 2000 and donated to the Obama election campaign, but he argued, "I don't think teams should get involved in the political stuff."

"I think this one is still coming out to the balance in how it's going to be favorably looked upon in our audience and our public," Jackson said. "If I heard right, it's that the American people are for stronger immigration laws if I'm not mistaken. Where we stand as a basketball team, we should let that play out, let the political end of that go where it's going to go."

--Mark Medina

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