Phil Jackson Retiring From Lakers, Coach Insists At Postgame Press Conference

Phil Jackson, at a press conference immediately after the Los Angeles Lakers were resoundingly eliminated from the NBA playoffs, again sort of mostly implied he'll permanently retire as a pro basketball coach that the 2010-11 season has concluded.

He was asked about the future of the team and whether this team isn't tough enough to bounce back the way his previous Los Angeles teams were, but left that up to general manager Jerry Buss for the future. He also said he doesn't know why this Lakers team was capable of falling apart the way it was, but plans to talk with his players at a debriefing meeting.

On what he'll miss about working as a NBA coach, he mentioned watching his coaching staff and players support each other.  

After listing his first Lakers title as his favorite season in L.A., Jackson did remind the press that he'll still refer to the Lakers as "we" in one sense, as his girlfriend Jeanie Buss is still team vice president.

When asked about Rick Carlisle's joke that he'll be back after heading to the mountains for a few years to smoke peyote, Jackson advised against the smoking of that particular substance.

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