In the memoir, Jackson says he revealed his diagnosis to the team during the 2011 conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks as a way to motivate his players. Jackson reportedly postponed undergoing surgery until after the season.
"Shocking," Lakers' forward-center Pau Gasol told the newspaper. "But then you also could understand certain moments of his demeanor, energy and involvement because of what he was going through health-wise. It explained certain things. It was a shock. A difficult moment for the team."
Jackson, 67, retired as the Lakers coach after that season. Eleven Rings hits stores on May 21.