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Jackson had no choice but to stay

Lakers coach couldn't resist the lure of a fourth chance in his career at a three-peat

Updated: July 1, 2010, 9:14 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- In the end, the fly in the ointment was too big to ignore.

Near the end of Phil Jackson's meeting with the media last week, when he claimed he was leaning toward retirement, he smiled when the idea of completing his fourth three-peat of his career.

"My intention was that if we won the second time, to go for a three-peat would be natural," Jackson said. "It would be tough not to go for another championship in that three-peat realm, which is ridiculous. That's one of those ...

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