Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jackson leans toward retiring

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lakers coach Phil Jackson is leaning toward retirement, and will make his final decision next week.

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, but Jackson sounds increasingly likely to head for retirement after the Lakers' second straight title.

"Some of it's about health," Jackson said. "Some of it is just the way I feel right now. It's hard not to think about coming back … but it's what I feel like right now."

After going through exit interviews with his players at the Lakers' training complex, Jackson, 64, gave the strongest indication yet that he's ready to walk away.

Jackson is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, with 225 postseason victories and two more titles than Boston's Red Auerbach. The Lakers beat the Celtics in a seven-game NBA Finals last week for the franchise's 16th championship.

The Lakers uniformly said they want Jackson back next season, with Kobe Bryant saying the club would be "drastically different" without Jackson's steady, cerebral presence.

Jackson said he mostly wants to get away from the grind of travel and the nine-month season.

Yet Jackson acknowledges he's intrigued by the possibility of going for a third consecutive championship for the fourth time in his career.

"My intention was that if we won the second time, to go for a threepeat would be natural," Jackson said. "It would be tough not to go for another championship in that threepeat realm, which is ridiculous. That's one of those things that's sitting out there that's still a fly in the ointment."

Hornets' Paul willing to talk about trade

Guard Chris Paul said he's open to a trade if the Hornets aren't committed to winning championships.

"My first choice is to be in New Orleans,'' Paul said from London. "I just want to make sure we're committed to winning. If we're not committed to winning and trying to get better so we can contend with the Lakers, the Celtics and all these other top teams, then I'm open to being traded.''

Ownership sharply discounted the possibility of a trade.

"Chris Paul is the cornerstone of our franchise and brings us unequaled support on and off the court," majority owner George Shinn said in a statement. "We will continue to build around Chris Paul."

Bulls: The team introduced Tom Thibodeau as its 18th coach.

Heat: The team traded shooting guard Daequan Cook and the No. 18 pick in tonight's draft to the Thunder in exchange for the No. 32 pick, clearing about $3.4 million in salary cap space.

Bol funeral set: The funeral for former NBA player and humanitarian Manute Bol will be held Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The service will be open to the public. Mr. Bol died Saturday at age 47 in Charlottesville, Va., after suffering from severe kidney problems and a painful skin condition.

Jackson leans toward retiring 06/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen jogs back to the dugout after paying starting pitcher Tyler Duffey a visit on the mound in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  2. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out in Class 3A semifinals

    Baseballpreps

    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  3. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead

    Sports

    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  4. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight

    Blogs

    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins:

  5. For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it was a combination of wanting to keep Dickerson, who is a team-best . 358 against lefties, in the lineup and Santiago's splits. ... Cash said there was nothing new on the injured players back at the Trop, with Brad Boxberger still slated to throw live BP on Monday in Port Charlotte, …