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Lakers coach Jackson walking with a cane

Lakers coach Jackson walking with a cane

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is recovering well following right hip replacement surgery and walking with a cane, assistant Kurt Rambis said on Thursday.
Jackson, who has won 10 NBA championships, nine as a coach, underwent the operation on Tuesday at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center, and was discharged from the hospital a day later.
Rambis said that Jeanie Buss, Jackson's longtime girlfriend, told him the 61-year-old coach was walking with a cane. Buss is the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations and the daughter of team owner Jerry Buss.
"That's pretty good improvement," Rambis said. "He's more upright, too, which is probably something hard to believe."
Rambis has been running practice in Jackson's absence and will continue to do so until Jackson's return.
"His timetable is up to him and how well he heals," Rambis said regarding Jackson's return to the team. Jackson told reporters on Monday _ a day before the start of training camp _ that he expects to be on the bench on Oct. 31, when the Lakers open the NBA season against Phoenix.


Updated : 2021-07-28 21:21 GMT+08:00