Originally written on Mike Silva's Sports Media Watchdog  |  Last updated 10/24/14
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Phil Jackson is the favorite to return as head coach of the Lakers. He was non-committal about his coaching future during an HBO Real Sports interview this past June. There were rumblings all summer that he would have entertained taking over the Knicks “clumsy roster” if they had called. He was connected to openings in Portland and Orlando, as well. The one team that we should have seen as the favorite is the one that he’s led to five titles during the last twelve years: the Lakers. Jackson could be the coach of the Lakers as soon as tomorrow if he wants it. All signs point to that being the case, although GM Mitch Kupchak is interviewing Mike D’Antoni and Mike Dunleavy today. Back in the 70s you had the Yankees and the Bronx Zoo. Until Joe Torre took over in 1996, no manager could survive very long under George Steinbrenner. Jerry Buss might not be as vocal as Steinbrenner, but he’s created a nice chaotic mix over in LA that rivals those Yankees team...
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