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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Phil Jackson's decision to remain Lakers' head coach

July 2, 2010 |  8:00 am

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner detail how a week in Montana helped rejuvenate Phil Jackson and led him to decide that he wanted to remain the Lakers' head coach.

-- The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that the Lakers wouldn't be able to three-peat without Jackson at the helm.

--The Times' Mark Sachs shares Pau Gasol's charitable efforts as well as his favorite places to eat in L.A.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr talks to Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, who shares that Jackson is relieved about his decision.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues that the Lakers remain the team to beat because of Jackson's return.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down what Jackson's decision to return means for the Lakers.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi thinks Jackson couldn't resist the lure of pursuing his fourth three-peat.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that the Lakers and Jackson haven't agreed on the contract terms yet, but that both sides will reach a one-year deal quickly. McMenamin also reports that the Lakers are pursuing free agent swingman Mike Miller.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that Jackson's return tilts the NBA landscape.

-- Fox Sports West's Patrick O'Neal points to Jackson's competitive fire as instrumental in keeping him in the game.

-- The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton labels Jackson as the "only one man for the job."

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights how Jackson's players publicly supported his return.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Josh Tucker lists 17 reasons why Jackson will get his fourth three-peat.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down some numbers regarding Jackson's accomplishments.

Photo Caption Contest of the Day: " When 'Spin the Bottle' goes horribly wrong ..." -- HalosAnt

Tweet of the Day: "Phil J tells The Times: 'I got a message from on high that said, "Phil, you've got to come back, there is a need to fulfill the prophecy." ' " -- Mike_Bresnahan (Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Wheels on the Buss go round and round ... with PJ back at the helm, the purple and gold machine keeps humming along. Perfect timing on his announcement to return. Now the Lakers can assemble the team for the hat trick. Now things get really interesting. Some FAs are going to take a hard look at the Lakers because it's all about the rings." -- Nemaia Faletogo

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson will return for a 12th season with the team. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


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