Jackson will return for ‘last stand’
Lakers coach puts off retirement and will try to add to record 11 titles
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.
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.