Phil Jackson said it himself. He’s ready for one last stand.
Energized after a week at his Montana lakeside home, Jackson decided to return for an 11th season with the Lakers, the chance to go for another three-peat outweighing the desire to be merely a spectator next season.
"Count me in," he said Thursday in a statement released by the Lakers. "After a couple of 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."
He provided additional context in a brief e-mail to The Times.
"I got a message from on high … that said, ‘Phil, you’ve got to come back, there is a need to fulfill the prophecy. You know 12 [titles] is a holy number and 11 just doesn’t fill that.…’
"So I listened to my doctors and watched the sunrise and the sunset a few times and voila, I’m back."
The Great Zen Buddhist Coach rides again.
My money’s on a three-peat.