Now that the Lakers have won the NBA championship and the basketball season is over, it’s time for everybody to start wondering what’s going to happen next with the latest world champs. Are they good enough to repeat? Will they be able to keep Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza? Will Adam Morrison be allowed to touch the basketball next season?
The biggest question surrounding the Lakers, however, is the future of their head coach Phil Jackson. The Zenmaster just won the 10th NBA title of his 19-year career, and if there was ever a moment for the 63-year old coach to ride his motorcycle off into the sunset, this would probably be it (of course, according to some, Phil hasn’t been coaching the Lakers for a while now). Well, Jackson hasn’t given any indication of what his plans are, but some are already speculating that he is going to retire and that Mike Krzyzewski is waiting in the wings.
At least one well-informed NBA informant insists that Lakers coach Phil Jackson will hang up the clipboard this summer and his successor could be Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski — especially if his highly-influential agent (Kobe Bryant) puts the heat on Lakers management.
The validity of this rumor is unknown. After all, it is appearing on a blog called THE WOELFEL WORLD OF SPORTS in the RACINE (WI) JOURNAL. Now I’m not trying to criticize Gery Woelfel, his blog, or the newspaper it’s written for. It’s just that if a “well-informed NBA informant” was going to leak this news, why would he choose Woelfel?
Also, why is this tidbit buried at the bottom of an entire post dedicated to the Milwaukee Bucks and their NBA Draft plans?
Personally, I don’t see this happening. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Phil Jackson decided to retire, but I do expect him to come back next year. And if he did retire, I don’t see Coach K giving up what he has at Duke to come out to L.A. and try to win there.
Sure, he and Kobe got along just fine when they worked together for Team U.S.A., but Kobe realized that wasn’t his team. The Lakers are, so while the clash of their titan egos would be fun for us to watch, I don’t think it would bring any joy to the two of them.