By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES — The idea of his fourth three-peat must have been too much for Phil Jackson to pass up.
“Count me in,” Jackson said in a statement. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season. It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”
Jackson had told the Lakers he needed to address health concerns before committing to another season. His right knee has been bothering him for some time.
Jackson received a clean bill of health early this week after going through a series of examinations to check out both surgically replaced hips, his heart that had a stent placed in it during the 2003 playoffs, kidney stones that had bothered him this season, and his troublesome right knee that caused him to start regularly wearing a knee brace for support.
Jackson had been weighing whether to have knee-replacement surgery this summer, but he’s likely to defer that until next summer at the earliest.
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