Posted by Scott Howard-Cooper
LOS ANGELES – Phil Jackson of the Lakers and Doc Rivers of the Celtics shed little new light on their futures Thursday night as the Finals concluded with both coaches possibly stepping away at the height of success.
Jackson told NBA.com on Wednesday that he hoped to make a decision before the draft next Thursday and followed that with a continued encouraging tone for the Lakers. Asked in the post-Game 7 press conference about past statements that winning the championship would increase the likelihood of a new deal for 2010-11, he said, “That’s a wonderful thing. That’s as much as I’ll talk about. It does improve my chances.”
He had said as much before while weighing retirement and even leaving open the possibility of working elsewhere. But actually having another ring moves the conversation from what-if to the known.
Rivers has another year on his contract, but is contemplating whether to leave the Celtics to spend more time with his family as his kids play sports in high school and college. He has missed out on seeing a lot of that and knows he could leave this job, however special it is, and get back into coaching in a couple years.
“I don’t know,” Rivers said after Game 7. “I’m going to wait. I’m going to go and watch my kids play AAU basketball, and I’m going to wait for a little bit.”