Wednesday , Nov , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Could this Be Phil Jackson’s Last Season with Lakers?

Jerry Buss wants Phil Jackson to coach the Lakers for years to come, but there’s one small problem: Jackson isn’t quite ready to commit beyond this season.

Jackson stayed consistent with an overall reluctance to look into the future when asked Tuesday about recent comments by the Lakers’ owner.

Jackson is in the first year of a two-year, $23-million contract extension, although next season is optional.

After this season ends, he’ll evaluate how he feels and decide if he wants to log a 19th season as an NBA coach.,0,371553.story