On Sunday night it seemed sure that Phil Jackson would return to coach the Lakers.
The 11-time champion seemingly could not pass up the opportunity to coach a superstar-laden team with his familiar charges of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol along with newly acquired center Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. A chance for a championship seemed gifted to him if he could only give it that last push as he had done so many times before.
Things have changed though since Jackson last coached. He has had hip surgery and it is more difficult for him to get around. The question if Jackson coaches again is whether there will be conditions to it that will change his relationship with the team.
Those questions may have had something to do with the Lakers deciding to go with Mike D'Antoni (recovering from knee replacement surgery himself). Monday morning was a shock to everyone when the world woke up to the news that D'Antoni was the new coach of the Lakers. Most of all D'Antoni himself who reportedly ...