The season may be over for the Los Angeles Lakers, but the cries of “We want Phil!” are still being heard, be it on Twitter, Facebook or in the streets of L.A. – even Dwight Howard is rumored to be a Phil fan.
However, in an interview with Rachel Nichols that will be aired throughout the week on TNT, Phil said that there’s “zero” chance he coaches again:
Phil has shown a keen interest in having a front office job and even revealed yesterday on The Dan Patrick Show that he had an agreement to go to Seattle if they managed to successfully move the Kings from Sacramento. Of course, Seattle’s bid fell short.
If Phil had a front office position, he could still coach by proxy by bringing in one of his old assistants, perhaps Brian Shaw or Kurt Rambis could run the show – some have even suggested that he could implement Derek Fisher as a head coach to run the triangle offense.
However, while Phil says that his coaching days are over, it is worth remembering that just 6 months ago he was prepared to head back to the sidelines, as Roland Lazenby points out:
The Lakers are in a tough situation. They still owe Mike Brown money after firing him last year – although the amount they owe him will be reduced due to his new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers – and Mike D’Antoni has a guaranteed contract for two more seasons. On the other hand, their future franchise player in Dwight Howard might walk if D’Antoni is still the head coach of the Lakers when next season rolls around.
The purple and gold have a lot of big decisions to make this summer. It should be interesting to see what they decide to do.