After showing a lackluster start of 1-4 (win-loss record) in this year’s NBA regular season despite acquiring NBA superstars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, Lakers Executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak had finally given its head coach Mike Brown his last day in their team.
In a statement Buss said it was a difficult and painful decision for them to sack Brown in this early stage of the NBA season. He thanked and praised Brown’s dedication and hard-work, but it was a decision for the best interest of the team he said.
With this vacancy in the the coaching staff of the Lakers, the team is currently being handled by Bernie Bickerstaff as interim coach until the next head coach will be selected. And among the names that floated to take over the job left by Brown is the 11-time NBA champion and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
In a news article at the Lakers’ website, it was reported that General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Executive Vice President Jim Buss had met with Phil Jackson to talk about his possible return to the team.
Jackson left Lakers after winning 5 championships in 2011 because of health concerns. With this current development it is up to the Lakers management to persuade him to go back to his coaching stint and release himself from retirement. Kobe Bryant immediately expressed delight in the news of Jackson’s possible comeback.
“You guys know how I feel about Phil….Knowing him the way I do, I think it’s really just a matter of health, if he feels physically up to doing it” Kobe Byrant said.
Meanwhile, other names that’s emerging to take on the Lakers coaching were former New York Knick head coach Mike D’Antoni and former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan. And to whom the job will be handed let’s just wait for final annoucement.
- Report: Dwight Howard wants Phil Jackson as Lakers coach (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Lakers fire coach Mike Brown after 1-4 start (sports.inquirer.net)
- Lakers look at luring Jackson back as coach (abs-cbnnews.com)