Buss talks about Phil and an extension…

ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers have their core players signed into the future. Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is not under contract next season, however.

In a wide-ranging interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com, the enigmatic Lakers owner Jerry Buss delivered some thoughts on the process and addressed recent reports of family tension regarding the re-signing of Jackson for next season.

“If I were to go to him right now and said, ‘Phil, will you coach next year?’ He would say let’s wait until the end of the year and see how I feel,” said Buss. “So, I don’t think it causes any tension, I just have to wait until then before a discussion begins [on a new contract].”

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