The Los Angeles Lakers are two victories away from giving Phil Jackson a record 10th NBA title. That would make him the league's most successful coach ever, yet despite his track record, Jackson's name never shows up on a U.S. Olympic roster.
Several years ago, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was working with USA Basketball and asked Jackson if he wanted to be part of the U.S. staff.
Jackson turned him down flat.
"It's something I've never desired to do," he said. "I was asked by the Canadians if I'd like to coach their Olympic team. Steve Nash wasn't a mature enough player yet, so I had to turn that one down."
San Antonio Spurs center Fabricio Oberto has undergone a heart procedure and could resume strenuous exercise in about a month. The 34-year-old player has been bothered by arrhythmia for the last few seasons. Oberto, a 6-foot-10 native of Argentina, averaged 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds last season. . . . Roy Boe, who owned both the Julius Erving-led New York Nets of the ABA and the fledgling New York Islanders of the NHL in the 1970s, died Sunday at age 79 in Bridgeport, Conn.
- Associated Press