Phil plans to return; with or without a ring this year.
O.C. Register: Phil Jackson did a rare thing and stood right up to the question he has so often dodged, saying clearly that he intends to coach the Lakers again next season.
Asked here in the house of his greatest successes, United Center, if he planned to “ride off into the sunset” with a Lakers championship at season’s end, Jackson said firmly: “No, I certainly don’t.”
Jackson has usually backpedaled away from all questions about his future, citing a year-by-year policy and even dismissing his contract status as largely irrelevant. This time, he added: “I still have a year left on my contract.”