Jackson skips parade for appointments

Updated: June 22, 2010, 11:44 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Phil Jackson's hat was at the Los Angeles Lakers' championship parade Monday, but Jackson wasn't.

Jackson, 64, missed the celebration because of medical appointments he had scheduled that could not be changed, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

Jackson has said he would decide whether to return as Lakers coach by June 27 and that his health would trump contract negotiations in the decision-making process. Jackson earned $12 million for the 2009-10 season, ...

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