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Jackson is backing Orlando to bounce back

The Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson believes that Orlando Magic can come back from their NBA finals defeat at the hand the Lakers.

ORLANDO // The Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson believes that Orlando Magic can come back from their NBA finals defeat at the hand the Lakers. Jackson, whose Lakers secured their first title since 2002, said: "Certainly Orlando is very capable of coming back to the finals with the youth that they have. "Obviously free agency in both clubs has a bearing up on what teams will do and how they'll have to maintain their roster and cap management.

"But both teams I think played extremely well during the year. Orlando's youth is quite apparent, both their frontcourt and their backcourt," Jackson added. The Magic, led by their All-Star centre Dwight Howard, 23, were surprise finalists after shocking LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals of the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles, on the other hand, are a veteran-laden club - with the likes of Kobe Bryant, 30, and Derek Fisher, 34, - but it is easy to see a few more titles going their way before the club's management need to change the roster.

* Reuters