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Phil Jackson on returning: 'I don't have an answer for that'

Phil Jackson.

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Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson told Andrea Kramer of HBO's Real Sports that he still "doesn't have an answer" on whether he plans on returning to the sidelines as an NBA coach again.

Jackson, who retired following the 2010-11 season, won 11 championships in 20 years as a head coach. Recently, his name has been the subject of rumors surrounding head coaching vacancies, including with the Knicks -- an opening that has since been filled by Mike Woodson -- and the Magic.

Real Sports caught up with Jackson at his retreat in Montana, a summer home he has owned for 40 years. It was a rare glimpse inside Jackson's personal life, even prompting Jackson to joke that he hoped the footage would be edited out of the program.

Still walking with a cane, Jackson spoke about his health, appearing optimistic about a full recovery from knee replacement surgery.

"I'm not dealing with pain anymore," Jackson said, adding that he hopes to be able to play tennis by summer's end.

While he wouldn't give any definitive answers about the possibility of a return to the sidelines, Jackson did imply that he'll never stop loving basketball. 

"The game doesn't pass a person by," Jackson said.

Watch the full interview with Jackson Tuesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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