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Phil Jackson confirms this is his last season


Phil Jackson knows what you are thinking: If the Lakers don’t win it all he is coming back to do this one more time.

Nope, he’s done. Nobody seems to believe him, but that’s what he told Hannah Storm in an interview that will air Sunday when the Lakers take on the Celtics on ABC (a snippet of it is up at ESPNLosAngeles right now).

“Most everybody believes that I won’t fulfill this last stand promise and I will come back and coach again, but it really is (it). I want to do this for myself.”

If the Lakers hadn’t won the title last year, if he didn’t have a shot at a fourth three-peat, I don’t think he comes back this year. We’ll never know. Jackson does seem to have more fond memories of his time with the Bulls than the Lakers, but he’s not living in the past.

“I’m not a very nostalgic person… but most of the time I’m toasting my staff saying ‘This is the last time we’ll be in Cleveland.”

As for what’s next for Jackson? A night at the opera. No, not “A Night At the Opera.” I mean the actual opera. That’s what the man said. Go watch the interview.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.