Phil Jackson undergoes angioplasty
By JOHN NADEL, AP Sports Writer
May 10, 2003
AP - May 10, 7:31 pm EDT
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson underwent an angioplasty Saturday after experiencing tightness and pain in his chest for about a week.
The procedure to open Jackson's left anterior descending artery lasted a little over two hours, team spokesman John Black said.
``There was over 90 percent blockage,'' Black said. ``The main threat would have been a massive heart attack.''
Black said a bypass operation wasn't necessary.
It's possible the 57-year-old Jackson will be able to coach Sunday's fourth game of the Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.
He was to remain at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in nearby Inglewood on Saturday night for observation and will undergo further tests Sunday morning.
The procedure was performed at Centinela by Dr. Phillip Frankel and Dr. Vern Hattori of the Apex Cardiology Group.
``If all goes well, he'll be able to coach the game,'' Black said.