CHICAGO (AP) _ In another signal that this could be the end for the Chicago Bulls, assistant coach Jimmy Rodgers resigned Tuesday, saying it was time to step back and evaluate his future.

The announcement came only a few hours after coach Phil Jackson told a championship celebration rally at Chicago's Grant Park that this was his last season.

Rodgers, 55, was one of four assistants under Jackson this season. Bill Cartwright, Frank Hamblen and Tex Winter are the others.

Rodgers is a 27-year NBA veteran who spent the last three years with the Bulls, collecting three championship rings. He also was an assistant, player personnel director and coach in Boston when the Celtics won three titles.

The Chicago-area native also coached with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves. He started his coaching career at North Dakota after graduating from Iowa.

``We hate to lose Jimmy. He's an outstanding coach and an even better person. We will miss him,'' general manager Jerry Krause said.