March 24, 2010
The Los Angeles Lakers are looking pretty set for next year: Most of their players are signed into the future and Kobe Bryant(notes) is expected to sign an extension this summer. But coach Phil Jackson doesn't have a deal right now and there have been rumors that his tenuous situation is due to some kind of family tension within the world of team owner Jerry Buss, who has been running the show there for 31 years now.
Buss, according to ESPN, is saying there's no truth to that and that Jackson, who is in his 10th year with the team, wouldn't even talk about a deal right now if Buss went to him right now and asked.
"If I were to go to him right now and said, 'Phil, will you coach next year?' He would say let's wait until the end of the year and see how I feel," Buss told ESPN. "So, I don't think it causes any tension, I just have to wait until then before a discussion begins [on a new contract]."
Buss also said, "I think from [the Lakers'] perspective we really want to get through the year, then take a deep breath and see where we are."
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