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Volume 24 No. 156
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Jackson's Return To Lakers Would Include More Personnel Control

Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson yesterday met with Lakers Exec VP/Player Personnel Jim Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak regarding the team's coaching vacancy. Sources said that Jackson "asked for travel restrictions, a salary in line with what he previously earned with the Lakers and significantly more say over basketball decisions." He was "expected to give the Lakers his answer" tomorrow. A source close to Jackson said, "I can't imagine this not working out" (ESPNLA.com, 11/10). Lakers fans during Friday's game against the Warriors "chanted, 'We want Phil!'" (L.A. TIMES, 11/10).