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Jackson to have left hip replaced
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
June 12, 2007
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is scheduled to undergo surgery this morning to have his left hip replaced, eight months after having his right one replaced.
Jackson, 61, was able to walk with a cane within a week of his operation last October. He required a month of recovery time before he was able to travel with the team. He is expected to be fully recovered for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September in Springfield, Mass.
The procedure will be performed by Lawrence Dorr at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Inglewood. Jackson is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday or Thursday.
Jackson, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, took the first step toward eliminating a years-long limp with his hip-replacement surgery last year. He still sat on a specially designed chair on the Lakers' bench during games but reported feeling markedly better overall.