Jackson speaks on return for next year, Kobe returning among other things…

philL.A. Times: Phil Jackson wanted to set the record straight after seeing some unexpected words crawl across the screen on a cable-TV ticker.

He has not committed to coaching the Lakers next season despite comments he made this week that were misconstrued.

Jackson, 63, holds an option for next season that would pay him about $12 million. He will decide during the off-season if he wants to return after going through his annual checklist.

“There’s a number of things that have to be done,” he said. “I’ve got some health issues that I always have to maintain a little bit. That’s my first priority.”

If that’s priority 1-A, there’s definitely a priority 1-B in determining his possible return.

“I think a lot of it will depend upon our success this year,” Jackson said. “We’ve put a lot of energy into this year. If we’re successful, I think guys will want to come back and do it again.”

If Jackson returns, will he be joined by Kobe Bryant? Jackson thinks so.

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