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Phil Jackson hopes to return as Lakers' head coach

Jackson stopped short of saying a contract extension was a certainty, but said that unlike a year ago he did not expect his health would be a determining factor, the website reported.

The 64-year-old Jackson, who has had hip replacement operations since 2006 and an angioplasty to clear a blocked heart artery in 2003, had said last June he did not know if his health would allow him to continue coaching before he was given the all clear to return this season.

"I'm dealing with less arthritic elements that are painful things going on as you age.

"But there are still considerations as to the duration that I will coach, simply because I have to stay attuned to that."

(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)