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Jackson's return not tied to finish

Updated: April 15, 2010, 11:21 PM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

Regardless of how the Lakers finish the season, it will be Phil Jackson's decision whether he returns as coach, general manager Mitch Kupchak said.

In an interview with 710 ESPN Los Angeles on Thursday night, Kupchak said even if the Lakers lost in the first round of the playoffs, it would not affect Jackson's standing.

"I'm not sure that has anything to do with it," Kupchak said during the 15-minute interview. "A coach doesn't forget how to coach in one season. ... His body of work ...

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