jacksonEaves On Sports: Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson will remain in Los Angeles instead of accompanying the team on its road trip to Portland, due to pain and swelling in his lower right leg caused by plantar fasciitis, it was announced today.

The Lakers will fly to Portland following tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets, and will play the Trail Blazers in Portland tomorrow night. The team will be coached by assistant coach Kurt Rambis in Jackson’s absence.

Jackson missed the Lakers’ first preseason game back on October 7 in Anaheim versus the Utah Jazz. He will rejoin the team for Saturday’s practice and is not expected to miss any additional games.

  • bassti

    I think they’re strong enough to face it without Phil. Get well, Phil!

  • KBeat

    Phil has made it clear he won’t return next season if it becomes to painful to travel and work all the games. This isn’t good news looking to next season.

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    This is an injury that can heal overtime, but with Phil’s age, it is a concern. I think the no flying should be good for Phil to rest up.

    That being said, Bynum being back will be the difference :)

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Lakernation07MVP youtube.com/Lakernation07MVP

    We havn’t won in Portland in a LOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGG Time!

  • Mitch4Pres

    the streak in portland doesn’t look like it will be ending. get well pjeezy

  • http://KB24.com/Vibe Karen

    Oh great….40 or 50 point blow out.

  • LakersFirst

    The Lakers know the game plan and Frank Hamblen, Kurt Rambis, BShaw, and Jim Cleamons are more than qualified enough to coach the squad. I’m not worried.


    hopefully the lakers dont bring mess tomorrow. good luck tho both teams…GO BLAZERS!

  • Dragon

    I think Phil is getting close to his age where he can’t do the travel anymore. This could be his last season and I think he might just retire and let someone else take over. Kurt Rambis or Brian Shaw been with the lakers long enough and along side with Phil so I think they can do a good job if they took over for next year.

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