2010 NBA Offseason: Top 10 Coaches To Replace Phil Jackson in L.A.

June 27th, 2010 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »
In my first article regarding Phil Jackson's possible departure from the Lakers, I honestly thought there was absolutely no chance of Phil Jackson actually leaving. There was a part of me that thought there was a .0001% chance he would back-door Mike D'Antoni in New York, but I never even considered the possibility of his retirement. During the season, Jackson dismissed retirement completely saying he would coach next season whether that be in L.A. or somewhere else. I guess that's what I get for taking the word of the often tongue-in-cheek Jackson. However, with the news that Jackson is "leaning toward retirement" after undergoing a multitude of medical tests, Laker fans should begin preparing themselves for life without the "Zen Master." Because of that, my B/R NBA editor asked me to update the article in the aftermath of an already hectic NBA coaching carousel. Much like in my first article, I weighed three different criteria for ranking the coaches: strict coaching ability, the ability to handle Kobe Bryant, and the ability to handle the near-impossible task replacing of a legend. You know it's certainly not lost on Laker fans what happened the last two times P ...

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