Things are escalating quickly in Los Angeles. The LA Times is reporting this morning that there is a 95% chance that Phil Jackson will return as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for the third time during the Kobe Bryant era. From Mike Bresnahan's report:
The Lakers are moving quickly toward hiring Phil Jackson as their next coach, with one person in the organization calling it a "95%" chance he will return for a third tour with the team. The Lakers plan on meeting with Jackson on Saturday morning to make sure he is interested in the job. The unknown 5% in their equation is the chance Jackson doesn't want to fill the vacancy created by the Friday firing of Mike Brown, either because of health reasons or other unknown issues.
This is exciting news for the Lakers, as Jackson is the best coach in the history of basketball at managing superstars and getting them to perform together to achieve a common goal (that's why he has 11 rings, you know).
Jackson has Kobe's full endorsement as well as the support of Laker fans (and apparently Dwight's, too), so this will be an easy decision for management to make if Jackson is willing to comeback.