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Through Phil Jackson's eyes

A get-together with reporters turns into a beautiful self-examination of man and career

Updated: April 8, 2011, 7:03 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Phil Jackson is retiring as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach at the end of the season.

And he's staying retired this time.

There's no reason to read the tea leaves any more, Jackson made clear to a small group of reporters while sipping a cocktail on the eighth floor of a downtown Portland hotel Thursday evening.

"I've kind of prepared for retiring in the last two seasons," Jackson said. "Everybody says they don't believe I'm not coming back … ...

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