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Jackson's coaching future is a subplot to the high-stakes competition to lure free agent LeBron James. There is no doubt that Jackson as coach would be a significant lure for the NBA's MVP, especially combined with the big money Prokhorov brings.
But it also could be a bit of posturing for Jackson, who has directed the Lakers to four NBA titles and has a 1,094-453 regular-season record with the franchise. Owner Jerry Buss reportedly has indicated he would want Jackson to take a pay cut from the $12 million he earns this season.
Despite his "vodka" comment, Jackson said coaching elsewhere would be highly improbable.
"I've not entertaining any conversation about that right now," he said. "I just can't imagine it, not to say it's beyond your wildest dreams and never would happen. I mean, the strangest things do. I mean it's just not part of my conscious thought right now. We're down this path," indicating the current playoff series against Phoenix.
"I'll leave it open and just say as of now I have not made up my mind about coaching or not coaching next year," he said. "That's all I can say really truthfully."
Jackson was with the Nets for the final two years of his playing career, which ended in 1980. He was with the New York Knicks his first 12 seasons as a player and was on the team that won the NBA title in 1973.
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