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NBA roundup: Phil Jackson had cancer during 2011 playoffs

The SportsXchange

The Los Angeles Lakers were in the middle of a 2011 second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks when former coach Phil Jackson decided to tell the team that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two months earlier.

Jackson talked about his condition, which was diagnosed in March 2011, and his announcement to the players in his upcoming book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success."

According to a report in the Orange County Register, Jackson "sensed the team was lacking something" in the series with the Mavericks when he revealed his news after consulting with captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

The Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the eventual champion Mavericks.

Jackson, 67, retired as Lakers coach after the team was eliminated from the playoffs that season, but rumors have surfaced recently that he's interested in returning to work, possibly in a front-office position with an NBA team.

--As the Lakers headed into Game 4, there were questions about Dwight Howard's future with the franchise and teammate Pau Gasol's finger.

The Lakers have insisted that they want Howard to return next season. Howard insists that the future isn't on his mind at the moment.

Meanwhile, Gasol played Sunday night against the Spurs with a splint on his right middle finger after tearing a ligament. He's also battling a knee issue that could require off-season surgery.

---Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade did not play in start Game 4 of the Eastern Conference playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks because of a sore knee.

Mike Miller started in his place as the Heat closed out the best-of-seven series.

---The Golden State Warriors recalled guard Scott Machado from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League before Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series on Sunday night with the Denver Nuggets.
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