View Full Version : Phil Jackson's Old Hip

10-01-2006, 06:37 PM
Phil Jackson is so old he is having hip replacement, what a geezer


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, owner of an NBA-record 178 playoff victories, will have surgery to replace his right hip Tuesday -- the day his team opens training camp.

"It's to the point where he can't really function without having surgery," Lakers spokesman John Black said Friday. "He's had a problem with it for a long time. He was hoping that by doing physical therapy, it would get better over the course of the summer. Instead of getting better, it got worse."

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Friday's disclosure that the Zenmeister needs an immediate hip replacement means he'll likely be unable to coach any of training camp or the exhibition season and perhaps even longer than that. The Lakers are hopeful Jackson will be ready for their Halloween Night season opener against Phoenix, but that would be a faster-than-normal recovery.
The natural question: Why didn't Jackson, who has been hobbling noticeably for years, have the hip replacement soon after last season? The answer: Jackson badly wanted to avoid an operation and was counting on physical therapy and rest to get him sufficiently mobile for Year 2 of his three-year contract.

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The surgery will be performed at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center by Dr. Lawrence Dorr of the Arthritis Institute in Inglewood. Jackson is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

There was no timetable listed for Jackson's return, but Black said he expects the 61-year-old coach to be back on the job before the NBA season begins Oct. 31.

Assistant coaches Kurt Rambis, Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw and Jim Cleamons will share coaching duties while Jackson recuperates.

"The plan is to have Kurt organize practices, but all four of them will run the team equally in Phil's absence," Black said. "It will be a group effort."

Black said Jackson will discuss his surgery Monday at the conclusion of the team's annual media day.

Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls to six championships in nine seasons during the 1990s, and the Lakers to three titles in six years since then. His nine championships tie him with former Boston coach Red Auerbach for the most in NBA history.

Jackson's 877 regular-season wins are the ninth-most in NBA history, and his .713 winning percentage is the best ever.

10-06-2006, 02:34 PM
i should probably stop creating threads...eh?

10-06-2006, 04:49 PM
i should probably stop creating threads...eh?

But how else would we know about Phil Jackson's hip??? ;)

10-06-2006, 06:48 PM
I have a bud that was a great basketball player get a new hip at 40!. He tried to keep from having it for about 3 years but he couldn't even walk.

They told him to wait as it has oh 5-10 year life but damn, he's better now. If you need it, get it.

10-06-2006, 08:27 PM
But how else would we know about Phil Jackson's hip??? ;)

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