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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  • ceballos_neverforget

    ehh don’t worry. It’s just Phil being Manny.

  • Coooooop

    well what we really know is that Phil probably only going to coach one more year after this. The way he is talking sounds like he is deciding to retire in the near future. Great run for him but his health is an issue and he has coached a long time. i think its good that he is at least letting the organization know 1-2 years before so they can at least get a picture of what to next.