Lakers Rumors & News Recaps: Return of the Zen Master?

The search for a new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers has officially begun. With the Mike Brown era mercifully over, the Lakers’ front office have set their sights on bringing Phil Jackson back for a third tour.

Apparently, there’s mutual interest from Jackson as he’s seriously considering giving coaching in the NBA one more shot. Although Jackson has already met with the team and is seemingly willing to re-join the Lakers, the 11-time NBA champion has insisted on certain terms in order for him to return to the Lakers’ sideline.

After meeting with the Lakers’ front office on Saturday, Jackson is currently weighing his options and is expected to make a decision on Monday.

As of right now, Phil’s return seems inevitable with the Lakers making him the prime candidate and the focus of their search for a new head coach in Los Angeles.

In the meantime, Bernie Bickerstaff has agreed to stay on as the interim head coach heading into Sunday’s game against the division Sacramento Kings. Bickerstaff may continue beyond tonight’s game depending on Jackson’s decision on Monday.

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Lakers News

Lakers Always Pursue ‘The Best’ [LA Times]

Lakers Host the Kings as the ‘Bernie Bickerstaff Era’ Continues [LA Times]

Lakers’ Coaching Job Appears To Be Phil Jackson’s If He Wants It [LA Times]

Mike Brown’s Departure Was Shocking to Lakers Players [LA Times]

Kings-Lakers Preview: There’s A Game To Play [Silver Screen and Roll]

Report: Jackson Wants Shaw, Pippen On Staff [Silver Screen and Roll]

Ding: Jackson Could Return As Early As Tuesday [Silver Screen and Roll]

Broussard: Phil and Lakers “Getting Close” [Silver Screen and Roll]

Reports: Lakers Meet With Phil Jackson, Contact Back-Up Coaching Candidates [Point Forward]

Lakers Fans Eye Jackson Comeback, Chant ‘We Want Phil’ At Staples Center [Point Forward]

ITS OUT OF THE QUESTION: Was Firing of Lakers Coach Mike Brown A Rating Ploy? [LA Daily News]

LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Kobe Bryant Believes Phil Jackson Would Be Interested In Returning As Coach [LA Daily News]

Mike Brown Fired: A Look At The Lakers’ Coaching History [LA Daily News]

Lakers Expected To Get Another Re-Phil [OC Register]

Kobe Wants Redemption For Phil Jackson [OC Register]

Decision Time: Should Jackson Be The Choice Again? [OC Register]

NBA News

Kevin McHale On Leave Of Absence [ESPN]

Bulls’ Hinrich Day To Day With Strained Right Hip [ESPN]

Kobe Bryant Discusses Relationship With Phil Jackson [ESPN]

NBA Reviewing Incident Between DeMarcus Cousins And Sean Elliot [ProBasketballTalk]

Bradley Beal’s Flagrant Foul On Monte Ellis Downgraded [ProBasketballTalk]

Chase Budinger Suffers Knee Injury In Wolves’ Loss To Bulls [ProBasketballTalk]

Watch: Andris Biedrins Airballs A Free Throw [Ball Don’t Lie]

Will Tim Duncan Take Advantage Of His Rule For All-Star Start? [Hang Time Blog]

Does Phil Jackson Still Have The Fire? [Hang Time Blog]

Jim Buss Back Under Microscope [Hang Time Blog]

Video: Andre Miller Blocks Derrick Favors’ Dunk [Sports City]

NBA Tweets of the Day: You Wish You Can Have Ricky’s Swag [Sports City]

NBA Play of the Day: Gerald Green Lookin’ Down on the Rim [Sports City]

LeBron James Thinks Mike Brown Didn’t Get Chance in LA [Sports City]

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