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Phil Jackson talks about decision to return

Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:23 am
Phil Jackson decided to return after winning the title last June, but that won't influence his decision after this year. 
Posted by Matt Moore

After the Lakers won their second NBA championship last summer, Phil Jackson took his sweet time deciding to come back. He mosied on over to Montana, and spent some time reflecting upon lake waters, communing with geese, or whatever it is that Zen Masters do when they're contemplating whether to deal with Ron Artest for another season. In the end, Jackson elected to return. And in an interview with reporters Tuesday, Jackson admitted that winning the title was a big propulsion to bring him back

So if winning was enough to bring him back last year, the same thing could happen after this season should the Lakers once again hoist the trophy, right? 
"No," said Jackson with a wry smile, sticking to his "last stand" stance for this year. "Theres no such thing as four-peats."
via Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson says winning title fueled return - ESPN Los Angeles.

Jackson is right to end the talk now, to say unequivocably he won't be back. It provides extra motivation for the players, to ensure that he goes out on top. And that's as it should be. It's fitting that Jackson end his stellar career by finishing off the fourth three-peat, and then riding off into the sunset. Anything else would leave open the possibility of holding on too long. 

Now all the Lakers have to do is get through the Mavericks, Spurs, Thunder, and the Celtics/Bulls. But really, the hard part's just the decision. Okay, not really. 
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