EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he is "leaning toward retirement," but hasn't made his final decision just yet.
Jackson, 64, who is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, says he's in the middle of a battery of medical tests and will wait for the results before deciding whether he will return to the Lakers for another season.
After going through exit interviews with his players at the Lakers' training complex, Jackson sounded like he may be ready to walk away.
"Some of it's about health," Jackson said. "Some of it is just the way I feel right now. It's hard not to think about coming back ... but it's what I feel like right now."
Jackson's daughter, Chelsea, said on her Twitter feed that she believes Phil is ready to walk away.
Jackson has 225 postseason victories and two more titles than Boston's Red Auerbach. His Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in a seven-game NBA
finals last week for the franchise's 16th championship and back to back titles.
The Lakers say they want Jackson back next season. His star player, Kobe Bryant said the club would be "drastically different" without Jackson's steady, cerebral presence on the sideline.
Jackson says his decision isn't about money or whether or not he's satisfied with the Lakers organization. He says he thinks about getting away from the grind of NBA travel and the nine-month season, particularly after three straight trips to the finals.
Jackson, however, says he's intrigued by the possibility of going for a third consecutive championship for the fourth time in his career.
"My intention was that if we won the second time, to go for a threepeat would be natural," Jackson said. "It would be tough not to go for another championship in that threepeat realm, which is ridiculous. That's one of those things that's sitting out there that's still a fly in the ointment."
Jackson won three straight titles with Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls from 1991-93 and again from 1996-98.
After a year off, he immediately led the underachieving Lakers to three straight championships from 2000-02, meshing the egos and talents of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal to re-establish the Lakers as an NBA power.
Los Angeles also made the NBA finals in 2004, but lost to Detroit. Jackson then took a year off before returning to the Lakers' bench.
Los Angeles has reached the last three NBA finals, losing to Boston in 2008 before routing the Orlando Magic last year for their 15th title. The Lakers followed it up this season with a gritty seven-game victory over the Celtics.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Phil Jackson "Leaning Toward Retirement" from Lakers
Jackson says he will make his final decision next week.
Phil Jackson (Associated Press)