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Phil Jackson is the new Brett Favre

Now is not the time to write an obituary on the Zen Master's coaching career

Updated: May 11, 2011, 8:42 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- I will not write a Phil Jackson career obituary. I will not believe a single one I read, and you shouldn't, either.

Phil Jackson is the new Brett Favre when it comes to retirement. This is Jackson's third stab at leaving coaching, but did you see how coy he was after the Lakers were swept out of the NBA playoffs Sunday and he was asked whether he really was retiring for good?

"I haven't really answered that, have I?" Jackson said, smiling impishly.

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