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Great news, this will be Phil’s last hoorah… one last time.

Lakers.com: Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson Will Return For The 2010-11 Season

Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson has decided to return to coach the team for the 2010-11 season, it was announced today.

“Count me in,” said Jackson. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season. It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”

Jackson, who most recently guided the Lakers to the 2010 NBA Championship, their second in a row, has won five titles as head coach of the Lakers. Overall, Jackson has guided his teams to eleven NBA Championships, the most of any coach in NBA history.

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Interesting tidbit regarding Earl Watson.

Yahoo: Add Earl Watson to the list of the point guards the Lakers are taking a strong look at, a league source said. Watson lives in the Los Angeles area with his actress wife, and his first preference would be to sign with the Lakers, the source said. The Lakers are high on Steve Blake, but would prefer to not spend their entire midlevel exception, possibly making Watson an affordable option.

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Yahoo! Sports: Brian Shaw withdrew from consideration for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coaching job on Wednesday, clearing the way for the Cavs to pursue a deal with Byron Scott.

Shaw said he never received a formal offer from the Cavs, but didn’t feel comfortable with the team’s Thursday deadline to make a hire.

“I know they have a timeline to hire a coach and I wasn’t able to meet that timeline,” Shaw told Yahoo! Sports. “I didn’t want to hold things up. It’s a great organization.”

Shaw wouldn’t comment on why he took issue with the timeline, but sources close to him said he wanted more clarity on whether LeBron James(notes) planned to return. Shaw also could become a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching job should Phil Jackson retire.

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ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers’ murky free agency situation became a little bit clearer hours before the start of Wednesday night’s much-anticipated signing period.

The team chose not to tender an offer to reserve guard Jordan Farmar by the required end of business day deadline of 6 p.m. PT, thus making Farmar an unrestricted free agent, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

If the Lakers had made Farmar what’s known as a qualifying offer, Farmar would have become a restricted free agent and the Lakers would have the right to match any offer by an opposing team trying to lure Farmar away between Wednesday night and July 8, when free agents can officially sign with a new ballclub.

“I love L.A., [but] I think it’s good for somebody to get away sometimes,” Farmar said last week after his exit interview with coach Phil Jackson and General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

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Possible replacement for Jordan Farmar? Hmmm…

Yahoo! Sports: The Los Angeles Lakers are smitten with signing free-agent point guard Steve Blake, but sources believe Blake would have to take less money than the Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and New York Knicks could be willing to offer.

Blake finished the season with the Clippers, and sources say he’s intrigued with the idea of joining the defending champion Lakers. Still, Blake is a veteran guard whom several teams value, and he could walk away with a multiyear deal totaling around $20 million-$25 million.

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We learned last year with Ariza, on how flexible the Lakers are with their free-agents. Will the same happen this time around? Sound-off…

L.A. Times: Lakers guard Shannon Brown informed the Lakers on Wednesday that he is officially opting out of his contract, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.

Bartelstein said Brown still wants to remain a Laker and that he and Brown would begin negotiating with the team Wednesday night after free agency begins at 9:01 p.m. Pacific time.

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More trade rumors surrounding Bosh and the Lakers.

NBA: The Lakers also are expected to enter the picture with a bid for Bosh as it became clear in the Finals they need more scoring. And you can be sure they don’t want to see a LeBron/Bosh pairing in Chicago with Rose and Noah to go against. The Raptors would like to get something in a sign-and-trade for Bosh, but they likely won’t deal him in the East. The Lakers are expected to offer Andrew Bynum, a legitimate low post center, and Lamar Odom, and take back Jarrett Jack, whom the Raptors would like to move

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The Cavs and Brian Shaw talked but no offer made, maybe they want Byron Scott more.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw completed two days of meetings with the Cavs, who have not yet offered him — or anyone else — a contract to replace Mike Brown as their coach, a person familiar with Cleveland’s search told The Associated Press.

A source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the Cavs will decide between Shaw and former Hornets coach Byron Scott and that Cleveland will decide between the two by the end of this week.

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According to a report from NBAFanHouse, they claim Brian Shaw will become the Cavs new head coach.

NBA FanHouse: With or without LeBron James, Brian Shaw will coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A source told FanHouse the Lakers assistant is finalizing a deal to join the Cavaliers just one day before James’ much-anticipated free agency begins. Shaw was a finalist with former New Orleans and New Jersey coach Byron Scott after Michigan State coach Tom Izzo declined the team’s offer earlier this month.

More to come…

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An interesting tidbit regarding Phil’s health

CBSSports: Lakers coach Phil Jackson has yet to receive the full green light from doctors to coach again next season, but a person with strong ties to him said Monday early indications are that Jackson’s postseason physical went fine. If that’s the case, health won’t be the reason Jackson, 64, retires if that’s what he decides to do. The gut feeling with the source, who is familiar with Jackson’s thinking, remains that the 11-time champion will be back on the Lakers’ bench next season.

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This is a great compilation video from my boy SF’s Biggest Laker Fan.

Watch the Laker nation go into another state of euphoria as they watch their beloved purple and gold win over the Boston Smeltics. Names on the bottom left hand corner are the usernames of the youtube users that filmed that particular video.

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Description: Here is the top 10 moments of the 2010 playoffs featuring the world champion Los Angeles Lakers. I hope you guys enjoy this and can relive all the memories from the back2back season with a smile on your face.

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It seems like Shannon will opt out of his final year in pursuit of more money.

L.A. Times: As for Brown, the 6-4 reserve guard will opt out of the final year of his two-year, $4.139-million contract by the June 30 deadline, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Sunday.

“My guess is he’s probably going to become a free agent,” Bartelstein said.

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ESPN: Seeing Denver Nuggets coach George Karl sidelined last season with cancer will influence Phil Jackson’s upcoming decision on whether to return as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the legendary coach said at a meeting of Western governors on Sunday.

Jackson told reporters after his speech to the Western Governors’ Association that he’s waiting to hear from doctors on whether he’s healthy enough to make it through another 82-game regular season.

The 64-year-old said he wouldn’t want to leave his squad without a coach in the middle of the season, as Karl was forced to do earlier this year while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for throat and neck cancer.

“My concern to be quite blunt, is I don’t want to happen what happened to Denver and George Karl,” Jackson said.

Jackson has two replaced hips, a sore knee requiring a brace under his suit during the season and a previous heart problem.

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