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Lakers Coach Phil Jackson 'leaning toward retiring'

June 23, 2010 |  1:15 pm

There might not be a run at another three-peat for Phil Jackson. The Lakers' coach said Wednesday he was thinking about retirement, a surprising statement less than a week after the Lakers won their 16th championship.

"I'm leaning toward retiring, but I haven’t made up my mind," he said.

Jackson, 64, will continue to undergo medical tests and come up with a final decision next week, he said. He has had both hips replaced and has a chronically sore knee. He also has been bothered by kidney stones.

"Some of it's about health," he said. "That's the way I feel right now. I've had vacillating feelings about it.

"I have to sit on it and do the right thing for myself. I wouldn't say that I'm 95% or 50% sure. This is what I feel right now."

Jackson, who made $12 million last season, said a possible pay cut was not a factor.

"It’s certainly not about money," he said. "It’s not the issue."


-- Mike Bresnahan

UPDATE: 2:21 p.m. - Here is the audio file from Jackson's press conference.

Phil Jackson interview

--Mark Medina