NEW ORLEANS – Phil Jackson closed the door Thursday to returning for another season as Lakers coach even if a lockout costs the league part of 2011-12 and leads to a shortened schedule that would mean reduced physical strain.
Asked if he was open to a conversation with management about waiting until the summer to make a final decision on stepping down, and perhaps reconsidering previous statements about leaving if it appeared the lockout drags into next season, Jackson emphatically and without hesitation told NBA.com, “No.”
“You would not do it as a shortened…?”
“A piece-meal?” he interrupted. “No, I don’t think so. I think that’s a hard thing to do.”
“So you’re done?”
“Yeah,” Jackson said.