ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson used it as a running joke this season when asked if he was leaning one way or another regarding his coaching future. “I’m leaning against the wall,” Jackson said in a tunnel in Oklahoma City and later, “I’m leaning against the podium,” before a playoff game at Staples Center.

He dropped the joke and got serious about his decision Wednesday.

“I’m leaning towards retiring but I have not made up my mind,” Jackson said.

The 64 year old coach told Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss that he planned on completing a series of medical tests and evaluations by Thursday. He then plans to drive out to his summer home in Flathead Lake, Montana on Friday, spend a week checking in on the results of those tests and make his final decision a week from Friday.

“I’ll take a week after the medical tests are done,” Jackson said. “Some of it’s about health, some of it’s about that’s the way I feel right now. I’ve had vacillating feelings about it. It’s hard not to feel like coming back when you’re speaking to these players and have an opportunity to coach a team that’s this good. But, it’s what I feel like right now and what I feel like in the process that’s gone through. It’s just something I’m going to sit with and feel out and after I’m through talking about all the rest of it with the doctors, then I’ll make the final decision.”

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  • lakers0828

    if you the Lakers you give phill the money he deserves to come back and see if they can ride the ship one more time

    • Phil The Great

      Don’t do it Phil – lakers0828 will suck your dick if you come back!

      • lakers0828

        OMG GAY ALERT

    • http://www.kaley-cuoco.info Jack / Kaley-Cuoco.info

      Phil said in the exit interview that money is not an issue. He’s concerned about his health, and how he wants to spend the rest of his life. You have to realize, he already has all the money his family needs for generations to come. He’s pretty old, and he’s been doing basketball-related work for the past couple of decades.

  • lakers2000

    I believe he will return.

  • ricky

    I think he will return. He’s just putting stuff out there to keep the media busy while he awaits his health status in a week before saying he will stay. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to “three-peat” four different times, a feat that no other coach has yet to accomplish. After this, he can retire on top and leave the next lucky guy with an extremely talented team.

  • Lakeshow123321

    GUYS! We gotta trade for Kirk Hinrich and/or Luol Deng from the Bulls – it would tremendously improve our depth at PG and SF! They are the perfect role players

    If we can unload Farmar, Morrison, Powell, and/or Sasha for them, we are set.

    2011 NBA Finals: Lakers – Bulls
    Kobe – Lebron

  • Lakeshow123321

    Nvm, forget Luol deng – he’s owed wayyy too much these next four years. But Kirk Hinrich is a must. Works hard, plays D, sweet 3s
    Could even handle the majority of the PG minutes since he’s a starter afterall

  • i0ioooooi0i

    I believe that the only challenge Phil has left is to coach AGAINST a team that he has coached to a championship. He wants to be the one to take down the Lakers/Kobe/Jerry Buss. I honestly think it’s for his own personal amusement/life challenge.

    Phil’s gonna take a year off, see which teams snag Lebron and a couple other free agents, then come back to coach in 2011-2012, AGAINST these Lakers and with Lebron as his next legend. You cannot pass up the opportunity to coach MJ, Kobe, AND Lebron. period.

    • jayo

      First off no way he would want to coach LeBra for the simple fact that he’s not a great player!! He’s a great athlete but until he proves he can show up when it counts and not let his teammates be the scapegoats when it doesnt go his way then Phil would want nothing with him. Funny how Lebra used to get that line “makes his teammates better” treatment and has now reversed roles with Kobe who IS MAKING HIS TEAMMATES BETTER and LeBra is the selfish player.

      • i0ioooooi0i

        there in lies the challenge with lebron? and phil knows he can do that – make him a leader, and the next “best player of his era”.
        .
        AND, by the way, Lebron is more than likely going to play with his friends (Bosh, CP3) or others (Ray Allen, Amare Stoudemire, etc.) who are great players on their own already. I’m tellin’ you, beating the Celtics is his peak as a Laker (and probably what he wants to be remembered for in Laker lore).
        .
        But as for his greatest accomplishment as a coach, why NOT compete against (and possibly defeat) the dynasty which you led? To do that, you would need great players, and the summer of 2010 is as good a time as any to see how it all unfolds with the great free agents.
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        btw, i am a Laker fan, and this theory terrifies me.

        • jayo

          One more thing I remember Phil saying during the playoffs if he ruturns it would only be with the Lakers. Magic has stepped up by saying he would help pay The Zen Masters salary whatever it is to get him back.

      • Roscoe

        Do you smoke meth?

        • i0ioooooi0i

          nope. Don’t be so dismissive.
          .
          Phil has retired and returned before.

  • http://www.myspace.com/626bones Lakers 24 7

    Since P-Jax would most likely be taking a pay cut and since his health is an issue, I think he should return for next season, but only coach the home games, so his body doesn’t go through that wear and tear on the road.

    • jayo

      Im fine with that since this will be a seasoned championship team that doesnt need Phil there to yell at them when theyre effing up on the road. The Lakers should bring him back one more year and have his replacement on the bench this season for the road games. No way this would be a problem considering Phil doesnt want to coach and would only come back in his final stand much like in Chicago in ’98.

      • http://www.myspace.com/626bones Lakers 24 7

        It would be the only thing that works. If the Lakers are gonna pay him less, then they should have him coach less, as well. So it balances out. Just coach the home games. They can have one of the assistant coaches take over on the road.

  • Robert

    Back to talking about Phil. I suppose that Phil isn’t going to let on any reasons for making a decision. I don’t think that if it were something else besides just ‘health reasons’, he would tell us, (or the media).
    .
    For example, here’s a thought that could cross his mind: “We’ve just beaten the Celtics – I ended my career on a win against that team. I can only go one more year, and I can’t really ‘guarantee’ a win – yet if we didn’t, I wouldn’t want to leave coaching on a ‘losing’ note, and I don’t want to have to come back AFTER next year. I can leave on a ‘winning’ note, and not a bad one at ALL! We just beat the Lakers’ nemesis”.
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    Now, y’all might say ‘what do I know – how do I know what Phil thinks’. True, but it’s a possibility that something like that goes into his decision. I’m sure there are ‘many’ things. And also, it may have something to do with his salary. Who knows???
    .
    I just hope he comes back. I think he’s giving the Lakers org. the benefit of the doubt, by deciding soon. And it seems serious. Because he’s not pulling a Favre. He’s letting the Lakers have a chance to get another decent coach (e.g., Byron Scott), whereas if he waits until mid-summer, it’s too late for that.
    .
    Still none of us know for sure!
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    PHIL, COME BACK. WE NEED YOU. KOBE NEEDS YOU. RON-RON NEEDS YOU. LAKERS NATION NEEDS YOU!!

    • Sheds

      Good point, this would certainly be a more glamourous exit than MJ. But it would be a shame if he did not at least try to get that next three peat.

  • TheLAKERSwon09

    PHIL WE NEED YOU COMEBACK PLEASE!

  • denniisc5000

    Sorry to say this but I rather have Phil Jackson retire…..

    Only because Byron Scott will not be available next season, so if we dont get him now, we would have to get a mediocre coach the following season.

    • denniisc5000

      Maybe have Phil Jackson step down as an assistant while Byron Scott takes over the team. He would only prob be here for home games that way

    • jayo

      Byrons system involves a great PG to run the offense which is something WE DONT HAVE PLAYA. Pass on Byron and hope we can get Pat Riley or the suns coach which I believe is underrated.

  • Dawkins

    please phil….. this team is built for years to come…. only u deserve to coach this team

  • AFRA

    MEANWHILE …

    khloe odom VS. vannessa bryant … LOL

    http://amirkhoshnevis.blogspot.com/

  • jayo

    No way he retires. He will look back 10 years from now and regret not accomplishing what he did for the windy city in L.A. He will hear time and time again he shouldve stayed one more year and rode into the sunset or in his case ride northeast into montana. Phil is a very smart man so the pros will outweigh the cons.

  • justdogm1

    phillip is way to smart to be on the west coast.

    • jayo

      So smart that he refuses to coach on the least coast.

  • Xtro

    No te vayas, Phil!!!!

  • justdogm1

    lets hope he writes another book…..right kobe?

  • 09-10-11champs!

    Phil please stay!
    I think these are mind games again played by the Zen Master.
    But if they change the coach, and between Byron and BShaw, I´ll go with BShaw, because if he stays we can still run the triangle, the system that has won us the last 5 championships, so stick with it.
    With Byron, we would have to start with a new system, not sure that will get us another championship :)

  • Wilt

    I will believe it when i hear it. We always get reports about phil retiring when nothing else big goes on in sports. Tomorrow all you will hear about is Donovan’s goal against algeria in stoppage time. After that Phil’s gardener or his paperboy or poolboy or even the guy that delivers pizza to him once or twice a month saying that they think hes going to retire. Until phil says im not coming back i believe 100% that he will be back.

  • i0ioooooi0i

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    Anyone wanna chime in on the discussion that Jayo and i are having? it’s a theory that is sounding more believable every time i read it. As a Laker fan, i wish i were wrong.

  • http://getgasol.com getgasol

    If Phil retires it will make me just as sad as this last championship has made me happy.

    Does that sentence make sense?

  • jayo

    I think Phil will go out like he did in Chicago (without the bad blood with the front office) which was saying it was his last season there during the season. Too much to leave on the table, he will regret it 5, 10, 20 years down the line.

    • i0ioooooi0i

      but after he went out in Chicago, he only waited a year, before signing on with the Lakers, to help them realize their potential. What’s to say he won’t do that with whatever team Lebron and other free agents sign with, to help them the way he helped the Lakers just ten years ago?

    • i0ioooooi0i

      btw, i think it’s going to be the Knicks. if he is to coach any other team, it would have to be in New York.
      .
      Imagine, coaching MJ, Kobe, in Lebron, in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, respectively. sounds like the makings of a great book when it’s all said and done.

  • i0ioooooi0i

    *in Lebron = and Lebron

  • NBAmazingKB24

    what ever you decide, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!
    Im sure…. if you want to take a year off and come back
    Lakers will be here waiting for you!
    If you decide not to
    Phil, you have set up the bar soo high that its
    almost impossible for any coach, in any sports to beat what you have accomplished!
    THANKS! Hope you come back and help us win 3peat!

  • ronin99

    I believe Phil will come back. Another 3-peat opportunity would be hard to pass up and he has said this. With that said, I think the Lakers need to make some things easier for him if they get him back. The Lakers need to make sure Fisher is signed because Fish is like a coach on the floor and limit PJ’s road trips if possible. Have PJ coach home games and playoffs. Leave the road games to the assistants. If I recall during their long road trips during the season, an assistant was assigned getting the team ready when they went up against certain teams. So, I think this might work.

  • ShowtimeEra

    If Phil decides to come back and go for that three peat, great! If not, Thanks for the memories Phil. You will be missed!

  • no_Phil!!!

    idky hed want to retire, PHILL JACKSON PLZ DONT LEAVE! atleast not yet, keep coaching till u loose then u can retire STAY ANOTHER YEAR! ….. STAY TILL YOU LOOSE!

  • wbgk

    Where’s the online petition I can sign for trying to convince Phil to stay with LA another year?
    Man, it would be heartbreaking if Phil decides to retire.
    I know it’s a health question. Let’s just hope his condition is well and he still can and wants to coach the Lakeshow next season.
    .
    However, if he does decides to call it quits………No, I just can’t think about that.
    Stay with us Phil. Have a well deserved vacation and be back for next season!

  • lakerbunny

    PHIL HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LET THE LAKERS CATCH THE CELTICS IN TITLES (17) NEXT YEAR AS WELL AS WINNING HIS 4TH THREE-PEAT (2 WITH 2 DIFFERENT TEAMS)! WHEN PHIL FIRST CAME BACK 3 YEARS AGO HE WAS INTERESTED IN A LIMITED TRAVELING SCHEDULE FOR HIMSELF BUT KUPCHAK RIGHTFULLY SHOT IT DOWN BECAUSE THAT TEAM AS CONSTRUCTED HADN’T BEEN TO THE FINALS AND WAS STILL 5 MONTHS FROM ACQUIRING PAU! NOW THIS TEAM HAS BEEN TO THE LAST 3 FINALS AND WON THE LAST 2 NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS! IT ISN’T A TEAM THAT NEEDS ITS HANDS HELD FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON! THE LAKERS SHOULD HIRE A ROAD COACHING TEAM (WITH SHAW, BYRON OR KAREEM AS THE HEAD ROAD COACH), THAT WAY THE LAKERS COULD TEST DRIVE THE FUTURE HEAD COACH WITHOUT A FULL COMMITMENT! I WOULD LIKE TO SEE KAREEM GIVEN A SHOT! HE HAS SAID NO TEAM HAS BEEN WILLING TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT A HEAD COACHING JOB! HE’S NOT ZEN BUT HE’S LAID BACK ALOT LIKE PHIL! IT WOULDN’T BE A BIG CHANGE TO THE TEAM LIKE BYRON OR SHAW MIGHT BE?!? CAP COULD DECIDE IF HE LIKES HEAD COACHING OR NOT ON A TRIAL BASIS. I LIKE BYRON BUT THE RUMORED MUTINY’S OF HIS TEAMS ARE SCARY! I LIKE SHAW BUT HE HAS LESS STOCK THAN KAREEM’S RIGHT SKYHOOKIN’ ARM! A ROAD COACHING TEAM COULD PREP FOR LONG ROAD TRIPS WHEN THE LAKERS ARE ON HOME STANDS! PHIL WOULD COACH HOME GAMES INCLUDING CLIPPER “ROAD” GAMES AND THE PLAYOFFS! THE LAKERS COULD NEGOTIATE A LOWER SALARY BETWEEN 3/5 & 2/3 WHAT PHIL IS MAKING NOW PLUS THE $2MIL CHAMPIONSHIP BONUS!

  • tradesasha

    phil, just come back, lets be real here…i know you want to come back!!