Phil Jackson 'on verge' of rejoining Lakers, according to report

Phil Jackson appears to be "on the verge" of rejoining the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach after the recent firing of Mike Brown, according to the New York Times.

Just 18 months ago, Jackson retired following the Lakers' second-round exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. On Saturday, Jackson met with Lakers officials to discuss what would be necessary in order to bring him back to L.A. for a third stint with the team.

An offer was not made, but Jackson is very aware that the team would like him back and it seems like he is willing to return. But just in case Jackson has a last-minute change of heart, the Lakers have planned interviews with Mike D'Antoni, Mike Dunleavy and Nate McMillan.

"It's Phil's job," a person monitoring the situation told the Times. "It's going to happen unless something dramatic happens. There's nobody else in their mind that makes it work."

At age 67, Jackson's health is a major point of emphasis if he were to return. It is said that he will ask for a reduction in travel and other daily commitments in order to preserve his health.

Until Jackson or another coach is named, Bernie Bickerstaff is the Lakers' acting head coach.

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