Lakers coach Jackson has hip replacement surgery

Updated: October 5, 2006, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson had right hip replacement surgery Tuesday and is expected to be released from a hospital on Wednesday.

Team spokesman John Black said there is no timetable for the 61-year-old coach's return to training camp, which opened Tuesday with assistant coach Kurt Rambis running the drills.

The 45-minute operation was performed at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Jackson, who will be re-evaluated next week, said Monday at the team's media day that he plans to be ready when the Lakers open the season Oct. 31 against Phoenix.

"I heard everything went well for him," said Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee and watched Tuesday's practice from the sideline. "Hopefully we'll have him back sooner rather than later."


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