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Phil Jackson Will Return To Lakers For Final Season

After wavering this offseason on whether to return to the Los Angeles Lakers for another season citing lingering health issues, Phil Jackson has decided he’d return for a final season at the helm of the reigning world champions according to the team website.

"Count me in," Jackson said in the press release. "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 has won five titles as head coach of the Lakers to up his total to eleven total NBA championships, the most of any coach in NBA history.

"We’re extremely pleased that Phil has decided to return," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "With this most recent championship, we’ve now won five titles in the ten years he’s been our head coach and have been to the Finals in seven of those ten years, which is amazing. He’s not only the best coach for this team, but quite simply the best coach in the history of the NBA."

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