Jack­son will re­turn for ‘last stand’

Lak­ers coach puts off re­tire­ment and will try to add to record 11 ti­tles

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Lak­ers coach Phil Jack­son will re­turn next sea­son, putting off re­tire­ment for at least an­other year to chase his 12th NBA cham­pi­onship.

Jack­son said last week he was lean­ing to­ward re­tire­ment af­ter an­other long sea­son, but he changed his mind af­ter get­ting a week to rest up at his off­sea­son home in Mon­tana.

“Count me in,” Jack­son said. “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, 64, is the win­ningest coach in play­off his­tory and the most suc­cess­ful coach in league his­tory by al­most any mea­sure.

He has a league-best .705 reg­u­lar-sea­son win­ning per­cent­age, a record 225 post­sea­son vic­to­ries and two more ti­tles than Bos­ton’s Red Auer­bach.

He has 1,098 reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­to­ries, fifth-most in league his­tory.

The Lak­ers re­leased no de­tails about Jack­son’s new con­tract. Owner Jerry Buss was widely thought to want Jack­son to take a pay cut from the $14 mil­lion he earned last sea­son.

Scott ac­cepts Cavs’ job

CLEVE­LAND — With LeB- ron James or with­out him, By­ron Scott de­cided to ac­cept the Cleve­land coach­ing job. The Cava­liers hope that hir­ing the most qual­i­fied coach avail­able will help con­vince the two-time MVP to stay home. Con­tract terms were not avail­able.

Scott’s dream has been to coach the Lak­ers, but Phil Jack­son de­cided to stay one more year. Scott twice took the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Fi­nals.

James has said he would like to play for a for­mer NBA player, and Scott’s ré­sumé in­cludes 14 pro sea­sons — 11 with the Lak­ers — and three ti­tles.

He was a team­mate of Magic John­son and Ka­reem Ab­dulJab­bar on L.A.’s “Show­time” teams un­der coach Pat Ri­ley and later with Kobe Bryant.

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Lak­ers coach Phil Jack­son, with Derek Fisher dur­ing prac­tice last month, owns an NBA-record 225 post­sea­son vic­to­ries. He might have to take a pay cut next sea­son.

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