Whether Phil means it or not, fans that want him to return will refuse to believe it until the season starts and he is or isn't on the bench and to be honest, fans that don't think he'll ever coach again still won't believe it till training camp begins and he is or isn't here. It's like when Jordan retired and said he never was going to play again. People refused to believe it, and then the day they finally believed it, boom he returned.
I believe him, I believe he means exactly what he says..... today...
But I like everyone else won't believe it 100% till training camp begins and he's still not the coach.
I think he means it that he'll never coach again. He means it today. What he means tomorrow remains to be seen. I don't think it's an elaborate plan to stop bad teams from contacting him as he could turn them down before they even get into the conversation with him like he's done with the Bobcats and the Raptors and the Nets.
At the end of the day if Phil is going to coach the Lakers again he'll have to give up some ground on his demands to make that happen, and if he really does want to coach this team again he will. I can almost guarantee you that if he lead us to a championship or to the finals his demands on a second contract could be a lot more demanding then the prior.
So let's say Phil signed a 2 year, and we make it to the finals in those two years, to re-sign Phil could demand more and that may be easier to negotiate.
But on this first contract he'd want, he can't demand the farm. Cause Buss, nor Mitch is going to allow that to happen. Honestly both sides would have to reach some sort of midground.
One thing I'm 99.9 percent sure about was that even if Phil coached the Lakers again, he isn't yanking Brian Shaw from his assistant position from Indiana. Shaw is trying to separate himself from that because it has turned into the reason teams aren't hiring him, it isn't JUST the Lakers that turned down Shaw its near every team that isn't bottom feeding. For some reason other teams just don't like Phil or people associated with him. And Brian Shaw wants to head coach, he desperately wants to head coach.
So unless Brian was assured a head coaching job with the Lakers once Phil finally stepped away, I don't see Shaw leaving Indiana where he has a great relationship with the organization and with their future superstar Paul George, perhaps he feels he has something he can truly build there, and if the Pacers win the NBA Championship this year he's 100% staying.
Your bright side to that though is that even if we didn't get Shaw that Rambis is still available.
If you wonder why I've changed my stance on him never coaching "indefinitely" to never coaching "today"
It's because things are getting TOO coincidental. He's basically on a national tour telling people he'll never coach again. So it's too coincidental and too "Hollywood" for it not to be scripted. So I'm skeptical now.
Edited by Majesty, May 21, 2013 - 01:33 PM.