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Lakers to return to London in the near future? Not likely

October 4, 2010 |  4:53 pm

The Lakers got drubbed Monday by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-92, but Phil Jackson admitted he enjoyed London, seeing Westminster Abbey and Big Ben in his first trip to England.

It doesn't mean the Lakers will be back soon for an exhibition game.

"Have you talked to Phil?" AEG President Tim Leiweke said. "Not going to happen."

AEG owns Staples Center and O2 Arena, the site of Monday's exhibition.

Jackson didn't like that the Lakers were unable to have training camp in one place, saying it would be a "bust."

"I was supposed to retire last year and someone else was supposed to be doing this job this year but I fooled everybody and came back and took the punishment," Jackson said. "We were happy we were able to come [to London] but not happy we gave such a poor exhibition."

--Mike Bresnahan,

Reporting from London