Last season the Los Angeles Lakers were able to dominate the competition in the Western Conference for the second straight year and make it all the way to the NBA Finals. Even though the Orlando Magic had knocked off the Eastern Conference favorites in the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Eastern Conference finals, the Lakers were by far the better team in the NBA Finals and finished off Dwight Howard and company with relative ease.
Once head coach Phil Jackson had won his tenth NBA title last season, six with the Chicago Bulls and fourth with the Los Angeles Lakers, he had officially past legendary head coach Red Auerbauch for most NBA titles by a head coach in NBA history. Needless to say, the Zen Master had done it again and has finally surpassed the Boston Celtics legend as arguably the best head coach of all-time.
Not only had Phil Jackson become the most successful head coach in NBA history with his tenth NBA title, but he also had a great opportunity to add to his grand total as he had relatively the same championship team intact and ready to compete for a few more.
Coming into this season, the defending NBA champion had finally started to show signs of the wear and tear they have sustained over the last two years as they were bitten by the injury bug. Although no stranger to injuries to Andrew Bynum over the past two seasons, this time around it was Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol that would miss time and the team would truly be tested without their two best players.
Fortunately, even though the Lakers did struggle at times during the regular season, the defending champs hav
e been able to get back to form in the playoffs and seem poised to make another run at a second straight NBA title.
Despite the future looking bright for the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach Phil Jackson seems to be ready to finally call it quits as he was quoted as saying that retirement after this season, win or lose, is looking “pretty good”.
Even though the Zen Master has said things like this in the past, somewhat in Brett Favre-like fashion constantly changing his mind, this time around I actually believe he feels his career needs to come to an end.
Obviously, this is something that the Los Angeles Lakers do not want to think about right now, but it will definitely be something on every Lakers fan’s mind this summer as it will be extremely difficult to replace the Zen Master.
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