Lakers New Coach 2012: Latest on Phil Jackson's Return and Coaching Staff

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Lakers New Coach 2012: Latest on Phil Jackson's Return and Coaching Staff
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Phil Jackson has become the object of the Los Angeles Lakers’ affections to replace Mike Brown. Rumor has become reality.

While it was thought that the Lakers brass would need to have a backup plan in mind, they’ve decided to pool their resources for Jackson, as both Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and LA Times Mike Bresnahan report:

Forget Mike D’Antoni for right now. Ditto for Jerry Sloan, Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw. The Lakers want some Zen and they’ll do whatever they can to seal the deal.

According to Mike Trudell, the 11-time NBA championship coach is reciprocating to the Lakers' pursuits.

Jackson's willingness to have a second meeting with Lakers means he is on the hook. All Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will need to do is reel him in.

One Lakers’ official said there’s a 95 chance Jackson will return to Los Angeles, citing the unknown 5 percent being the coach’s health or other problems the organization does not have knowledge about.

If Jackson were to come back, he’d want organizational power as well. Ric Bucher, now of CSN Bay Area, reported that the Lakers’ would be willing to cede power to Jackson if he were to accept the job.

Following their 24-point win over Golden State, Kobe Bryant used the media to voice his sentiments on Jackson’s potential return. Could Kobe be using some Zen on his former coach.

"The one thing that's kind of always bothered me is that in his last year I wasn't able to give him my normal self, I was playing on one leg and that's kind of always eaten away at me. He's too great of a coach to have it go out that way. That's my personal sentiment.”

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Kobe did his part through a public forum to recruit Jackson back to LA.

The New York Times noted this morning that the Lakers and Jackson have been in this predicament before. Jackson wanted to retire in 2004 after losing to the Pistons in the NBA Finals.

Jackson left the team for a year and the Lakers struggled behind Rudy Tomjanovich. A year later, after the Lakers rid themselves of “Rudy T,” Jackson came back to the fold, and two more championships followed.

Could we be seeing deja vu from Phil Jackson? All suggestions indicate we’re 95 percent there.

Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his NBA musings and random thoughts on the universe on Twitter.

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