L.A. Times: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has given a variety of answers as to whether he will return next season, though the latest indication is that he’ll be back. And indications are that Kobe Bryant will be too.

“I always go through the process of having to reassess the season in the summertime,” he said. “I have a contract, and I mean to fulfill it. If I abrogated it and said no, I would be shocked at myself.”

Jackson, 63, has a one-year option for about $12 million next season. He always takes time after the season to review his health and determine if he will return, though he sounded optimistic as the Lakers prepare for their playoff opener Sunday against Utah.

Jackson made the comments to i a small gathering of corporate sponsors Thursday at the team’s training facility. The event was closed to media and the public, though it was streamed online at the Lakers’ website. Questions were submitted by fans ahead of time.

There were other illuminating points, including General Manager Mitch Kupchak’s hopeful tone when asked whether Bryant would return to the team next season.

Bryant can opt out of his contract in July and become a free agent, though he can re-sign with the Lakers for five years and about $135 million, more than any other team could offer.

“I’ve always indicated that Kobe started his career here, and I feel he should end his career here, and I think he will,” Kupchak said.

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  • Smush Walton

    Hey Joseph, hibachi, and PaulPierceIsADick!

    I see the Sukdics are off to a great start in the playoffs.
    Hope you morons enjoyed the game!

    Too bad, I was looking forward to the Lakers mopping the floor with the Sukdics in the finals.
    Oh well – Go Bulls!

  • sketch

    Dynasty! Another 3 Peat!

  • http://myspace.com/thaonlyrhom RD

    how insane would it be if kobe took a HUGE paycut, so that the lakers could POTENTIALLY land lebron in 2010?! we can dream, right?
    C – Bynum
    PF – Gasol
    SF – LEBRON
    SG – Kobe
    PG – dnt know, dnt matter!

    that team would go undefeated for 3 seasons!

  • pr0mega

    RD is officially an idiot.

  • Smush Walton

    ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!

    Except KG returning for this year’s playoffs.

    (too bad it didn’t happen a year earlier)

  • sketch

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    LOL!!! Plus, F- LeHype! I’ll take D-Wade to play along side Kobe all day! If it weren’t for the NBA, the media, and the refs helping out LeHype, he wouldn’t be half the player that he is now!

    Remember the NBA commercials that’s out now with LeHype dunkin on at Kripple Gimp (KG) and the Celdicks? That fool traveled like a Motha Fcuka! And this is what the NBA, media, the refs, and the Stern created! A make belief monster!

  • lafanfromindiana

    Of course Billy is going to say Kobe is going to return. What’s he suppose to say…. Well, if we don’t make it to the Finals this year, there is a chance of Kobe going to the Bulls??

  • lakerschamps-09

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    HAHAHAH ROFL ROFL WAIT WAIT WAIT AHAHHAHAAHHAH… R U DREAMIN??? WAT STUFF U SMOKIN ON LET ME GET SOME…. LOL… BRON WILL NEVA BE ON LAKERS N NO WAY HE GONNA PLAY FOR LAKERS IF KOBE IS ON TEAM

  • WeToldYouBostonSucks