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posted July 09, 2004 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lakerfan   Click Here to Email lakerfan     Edit/Delete Message
Rudy Tomjanovich Agrees to Coach Lakers

By JOHN NADEL, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Rudy Tomjanovich, who guided the Houston Rockets (news) to NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, agreed Friday to coach the Los Angeles Lakers (news).

"We expect that he'll sign a contract and we'll hold a press conference tomorrow to announce it," team spokesman John Black said.

In a move expected since Monday, Tomjanovich succeeds Phil Jackson, who coached the Lakers to three titles in five years. The team announced June 18, three days after losing to the Detroit Pistons (news) in the NBA Finals (news - web sites), that Jackson wouldn't return next season.

The 55-year-old Tomjanovich coached the Rockets for 12 years before stepping down in May 2003 — two months after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. He negotiated a settlement of the remaining two years and $12 million left on his coaching contract.

Reportedly in good health now, he worked as a scout with the Rockets last season — his 34th year with the organization he joined in 1970 as the second overall selection in the NBA draft.

Tomjanovich was the winningest coach in Rockets history with a 503-397 record, but they failed to make the playoffs in his last four years there.

He joins an unsettled Lakers team — Kobe Bryant is an unrestricted free agent and Shaquille O'Neal has demanded a trade. Derek Fisher and Karl Malone are also unrestricted free agents.

Tomjanovich, one of the first candidates interviewed, had to wait as the Lakers discussed the job with Miami Heat (news) president Pat Riley, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

Riley, a winner of 1,110 games in 21 seasons — the first nine with the Lakers — said he spoke with Lakers officials but wasn't offered the position.

An offer was reportedly made last week to Krzyzewski, who announced Monday he was staying at Duke. Williams told the Lakers last month he wasn't interested in the job.

It was only a matter of time for Tomjanovich to be hired after Krzyzewski announced his decision. General manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday the Lakers had "identified the guy we want to hire" and that Tomjanovich "would be a wonderful selection" if hired.

It's believed Tomjanovich agreed to terms of a five-year contract worth about $30 million — a deal similar to the one Jackson signed in June 1999.

Black wouldn't comment on contract terms.

Tomjanovich becomes the fourth coach in NBA history to coach one team to multiple championships before being hired by another, joining Bill Russell, Riley and Jackson.

Tomjanovich survived one of the scariest moments in NBA history on Dec. 9, 1977, at The Forum in nearby Inglewood when Lakers forward Kermit Washington blindsided him with a devastating punch that sent him crashing to the floor with several shattered facial bones.

Doctors later said the injuries were life-threatening, but Tomjanovich returned the following season wearing a protective mask and made one of his five appearances in the NBA All-Star game.

Tomjanovich later filed a civil suit against the Lakers and the two sides eventually agreed to a $2 million settlement. Tomjanovich was awarded $3.25 million by a jury, but the settlement was reached before an appeal was heard.

The Lakers have reportedly stepped up efforts to trade O'Neal, who has insisted he won't play for them again. A possible destination could be Miami.

Quoting sources, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday the Lakers were considering a deal that would include Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round Miami draft pick. Black refused to comment.

Bryant has met with representatives of the Lakers, Clippers, Denver Nuggets (news) and New York Knicks (news) this week and reportedly could make a decision as soon as this weekend. Free agents can sign contracts beginning July 14.

Calls to the representatives for Bryant and O'Neal weren't returned.

Bryant, O'Neal and Fisher all joined the Lakers in 1996.

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Kobe returns

Lakers star decides to remain to relief of fans and management

Lakers fans can now breathe a sigh of relief that Kobe Bryant has decided to return. Losing Shaquille O'Neal was bad enough. Losing Shaq and Kobe (the latter to L.A.'s "other" team, the Clippers) would have been a crippling blow to the franchise.

Why did Kobe choose to stay with the Lakers? More money, for sure. Also, he no doubt felt some sense of loyalty to Lakers fans who continued to support him through his sexual assault case this past season.

As much as Bryant might have been intrigued by the Clippers' young nucleus, he had to know it would have been a risk to sign on with Donald Sterling's operation. The Clippers' owner is famous for not paying his players. Say what you want about Lakers owner Jerry Buss, but he's never been shy about opening the checkbook.

Buss, in fact, made all the right moves to keep Bryant. He recognized that Kobe wanted a chance to get out from under Shaq's giant shadow and spread his wings as a player. Buss then went out, along with GM Mitch Kupchak, and made it happen.

The Lakers probably won't be a top title contender next season. Even if they add free agent Vlade Divac or some other serviceable center, they still rank, on paper, behind the Spurs, T'wolves, Rockets and Kings in the rugged West. But at least they're a playoff team with Kobe, and with a few key player additions in years to come, they could again challenge for the NBA title.

Of course, this assumes that Bryant won't be in prison next season. There is, after all, still the small matter of his criminal trial in Colorado, which begins Aug. 27. Until Bryant walks out of court a free man, Lakers fans can't declare this latest saga over just yet.

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Bryant Accuser Considering Civil Suit

(AP) - The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape will have to discuss with prosecutors whether she will go ahead with the criminal case because she fears the release of court documents about her sex life threatens her chance of getting a fair hearing, one of her lawyers said Wednesday. John Clune said his 20-year-old client will have to talk to prosecutors soon about that and will also consider whether to file a civil suit against the NBA star.

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Lakers trade Payton, Fox to Celtics
L.A. gets 7-footer Mihm in multi-player exchange

BOSTON - The Los Angeles Lakers resumed their makeover Friday by trading Gary Payton and Rick Fox to the Boston Celtics for Chucky Atkins, Marcus Banks and Chris Mihm.

The Celtics also received a conditional first-round draft pick and cash in the deal and sent a second-round pick to the Western Conference champions.

The teams were once among the NBA’s fiercest rivals, but Boston has fallen on hard times since winning its 16th championship in 1986. Since then, the Lakers have won five titles and lost three times in the Finals, including this year’s upset by the Detroit Pistons.

The Lakers then traded Shaquille O’Neal to Miami and replaced coach Phil Jackson with Rudy Tomjanovich. Derek Fisher left for Golden State and Vlade Divac, Los Angeles’ center from the early ’90s, was brought back for another stint.

Payton and Karl Malone took a large pay cut to join the Lakers as free agents last summer, each All-Star hoping to win their first championship.

Despite struggling through his first year with the team, the 36-year-old Payton exercised a $5.4 million option to come back for another season.

A nine-time All-Star who averaged 18.3 points per game over his first 13 seasons, Payton averaged 14.6 points — his lowest since the 1992-93 season — and a career-low 4.2 assists in the regular season last year. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.3 assists in the playoffs.

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The loose talk around the league is Michael Jordan has been working out like a demon, testing the possibility of joining forces with Shaquille O'Neal in Miami, according to Nuggets GM Kiki Vandeweghe.

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Rick Fox, who won three NBA titles with Lakers, retires

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rick Fox retired Thursday, ending a 13-year pro career during which he was part of three NBA championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fox, beset by injuries last season, was traded by the Lakers to the Celtics on Aug. 6. It had been expected he would retire rather than report to Boston's training camp beginning Monday.

The Celtics, who were aware of Fox's injuries when they made the trade, waived him on Thursday to facilitate his retirement.

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This season, the T-Wolves will triumph
Minnesota's balance, depth — plus having KG — will be too much for Detroit to repeat

By Michael Ventre contributor
Updated: 2:17 p.m. ET Nov. 1, 2004

Sometimes an NBA fan can get caught up in the Kobe-Shaq feud, the Qyntel Woods’ dog-fighting disgrace, the Phil Jackson book, the Michael Jordan comeback rumors, the Jason Kidd trade demand, the Vince Carter trade demand, the Baron Davis trade demand, the Peja-C-Webb rift, the Carmelo Anthony marijuana incident, the Gary Payton DUI, the Allen Iverson handicapped-parking fiasco and various tantrums involving anything from playing time to contract extensions to extra game tickets for auxiliary posse members and forget completely that they play an entire season of basketball, and somebody eventually wins the championship.

It’s understandable if that little detail fell underneath the radar. The NBA is a cornucopia of activity happening among colorful individuals, and the pursuit of the sport’s ultimate goal sometimes seems bland by comparison.

But if you’re old school, and you eschew the police blotter and focus on the standings and later the playoff bracket, this might be a good time to discuss the team that will be taking a champagne shower next June.

Let’s hear it for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

I’m not going out on a limb here, I’m hugging the tree trunk. If you gathered all the nation’s NBA pundits and polled them — and if you want to try that approach, you’ll discover the words “all you can eat” work wonders — the results will probably be Minnesota, San Antonio and Detroit as Nos. 1, 2 and 3, in varying combinations.

On paper, there are really no other contenders worth discussing. The Indiana Pacers are in the mix, but they did little in the offseason to suggest they’ll upset the East's balance of power, such as it is. The Miami Heat will be worth watching for the exploits of The Big Vendetta, but it is not a complete enough team to gain the NBA Finals.

In the West, the Lakers went from the penthouse to the outhouse to the place where they dump out the outhouse. Teams like Sacramento and Dallas are fading. Clubs like Denver, Phoenix, Utah, Memphis and New Orleans are rising, but none is strong enough yet. Houston could be a player, but again, it’s a reach to expect a team with a reconstituted roster to solidify in one season and contend for a championship.

That leaves the T-Wolves, Spurs and Pistons.

The Timberwolves will prevail because they’re ready. Their offense is loaded. Their defense is disciplined and consistent. They have a superstar leader with an MVP on his shelf and a rapacious desire for team glory. They’ve got the complete package, including the nagging torment left over from last spring that, if healthy, they should have eliminated the Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

If you’ll recall, the T-Wolves, behind Kevin Garnett’s magnificent and powerful all-around game, gave the Lakers all they could handle. If not for some crafty, rugged and at times chippy defense by Karl Malone, Garnett would have decimated the Lakers. Instead, he was merely incredible.

Also, the T-Wolves suffered two major injuries, which held them back. Sam Cassell had a bad wheel and a sore back, and was effective early in games, and only in spots. And the T-Wolves played that series without shooting guard Troy Hudson, who had a bum ankle.

When the Timberwolves are at full strength, they’re a handful, even for defensive-minded clubs like San Antonio and Detroit. Minnesota can send out any combination of guns that includes Garnett, Cassell, Hudson, Wally Szczerbiak, Latrell Sprewell, Trenton Hassell, Fred Hoiberg and Eddie Griffin, with Michael Olowokandi, Ervin Johnson and Mark Madsen.

But coach Flip Saunders does not preside over a lopsided franchise. For most of last season the T-Wolves consistently ranked among the NBA’s top 10 in both offense and defense. Garnett is one of the league’s top shot-blockers, and considering that he has so many other duties, that’s worthy of kudos. When they need to, the Timberwolves can play clamp-down defense as well as anyone.

Their chief rivals in the West this year will be the San Antonio Spurs. To pick the Timberwolves is not to trash the Spurs. They are neck-and-neck, and it wouldn’t be even a mild surprise if San Antonio makes it to the Finals.

But while the Spurs are terrific defensively, they’re not as stocked on the offensive side as Minnesota. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and newcomer Brent Barry will get their share, but San Antonio’s margin of error on offense is slim. If any of them struggle on a given night, they don’t have much in reserve. Robert Horry is past his prime, and Bruce Bowen, Tony Massenburg and Malik Rose aren't the answers, either.

The Western Conference finals will likely see Minnesota and San Antonio battling in a doozy of a series, which will probably go the full seven. Detroit, mightier and more confident this year with the additions of Carlos Delfino and Antonio McDyess, won’t have much trouble emerging from the East.

As a result, the Timberwolves will play the Pistons in the NBA Finals, with Minnesota prevailing. That will make fans forget the days when the T-Wolves couldn’t get out of the first round. And it will cause them to ignore all the other issues that permeate the league, at least for a day or two.

Michael Ventre writes regularly for and is a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

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Bryant surprised by Malone's reaction

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant would love to have Karl Malone back with the Los Angeles Lakers, and believes comments he made in a recent radio interview were misunderstood.

Bryant also said Wednesday that he tried to call Malone ``and square it all out.''

Malone's agent, Dwight Manley, said Tuesday that his client had ruled out a return to the Lakers because of what Bryant said in the radio interview and what the agent called ``recent personal attacks made in private.''

Bryant said he was shocked by Malone's reaction.

``I meant nothing by it. It wasn't directed toward him,'' Bryant said after the Lakers' shootaround. ``I'd love to have him back here, everybody would. If he wants to come back and play, the door's always open.

``This is the type of place he should enjoy playing. I'm happy to hear he's 100 percent. And in no way what I said was directed toward him or a personal attack. If he's felt some type of way about that, then I apologize.''

But Bryant also said: ``It is what it is, and I want to move on with the team we have here.''

Manley said Malone was furious'' and ``felt very disrespected'' after hearing of an account of what Bryant told XTRA radio in an interview Monday.

Bryant told the radio station he didn't think that Malone, who underwent surgery on his right knee last summer, would return to the Lakers, calling it ``just intuition.'' Bryant also said the uncertainty wasn't fair to his teammates.

``I think he took what I said the wrong way,'' Bryant said Wednesday. ``Maybe he didn't hear it, maybe he ran off with what somebody else was saying. If I felt like (Malone) was a distraction, I would have said it. I didn't say anything like that.''

Malone told KCBS-TV late Tuesday that he didn't ``want to be anyone's distraction.''

Bryant said his relationship with Malone has ``always been cool.''

``If Karl comes back, it will be a tremendous addition,'' Bryant said. ``But if he doesn't, I'm fine rolling with the guys we have here. It's his decision if he wants to come back.''

Bryant didn't appear upset or agitated Wednesday.

``Everything I've been through, you just shrug it off,'' he said. ``I don't hold grudges, I don't hold anger or resentment toward anybody. I've been through a lot. You forgive and move on. If Karl comes back, great. If he doesn't, that's fine, too.''

Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich defended Bryant.

``I believe Kobe said it was a misunderstanding,'' Tomjanovich said. ``And we've always felt the same way, that the red carpet is out for (Malone) if he wants to come back. He deserves to make a decision at the end of a great career.

``We have not talked at all. It's unfortunate negativity came out of it. But I don't think there's one ounce of negativity around here about Karl Malone.''

The 41-year-old Malone told the Lakers on Oct. 1 he wasn't ready to play. But he didn't rule out returning at some point this season or later.

Manley said Tuesday that Malone had fully recovered from his surgery and would address his future in the next month or so.

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HA HA HA!!!!

New Kobe furor: Says Malone made a pass at his wife

By KEN PETERS, AP Sports Writer
December 13, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Another Kobe conflict for the Lakers.

Bryant has accused Karl Malone of making a pass at his wife at a game last month.

Talking before Los Angeles' 105-98 win over Orlando on Sunday night, Bryant said he felt betrayed by a man he considered a friend.

``He was like a mentor, like a brother to me, so when something like that happens, you're upset, you're hurt,'' Bryant said.

He said he called Malone and told him, ``Stay away from my wife. What's wrong with you? How could you?''

Malone was not available for comment Sunday, but agent Dwight Manley said Malone told him he had never made a pass at Bryant's wife, that he was surprised by the accusation, and that he then apologized to both Bryant and his wife for any remarks she might have considered inappropriate.

``Karl's response to Kobe's comments today is that he's a basketball player and not a soap opera actor and he doesn't intend to be involved in a personal soap opera,'' Manley said of his client.

Bryant said he had phoned Malone, who has a home near Bryant's in Newport Beach, after Bryant's wife, Vanessa, told him on Nov. 23 that Malone had made inappropriate comments to her that night at Staples Center.

``The comments that he said, I don't know any man in this room that wouldn't be upset about that,'' Bryant said in the Lakers' locker room. ``The past month, myself, my wife, (Malone's wife) Kaye, we've had fun together.

``We've been out to their house, just joking around, giving each other a hard time, just clowning, being sarcastic with one another, baby-sitting kids and all that.''

Asked if there might have been a misunderstanding, Bryant said, ``What he said is what he said. I believe in my heart that it wasn't a misunderstanding.

``My wife wasn't going to stand for it. She felt uncomfortable being around him to the point that she felt she had to call his wife and tell her.''

Bryant said Malone didn't deny making the comments, and told him during their phone conversation, ``Aw, you know, I'm sorry if I said anything that was out of line.''

Malone, 41, told the Lakers on Oct. 1 he was still recovering from arthroscopic surgery he underwent three months earlier on his right knee and wasn't ready to play. But he didn't rule out returning at some point this season or beyond. He apparently is ready to play again, but for whom is the question.

Manley said last Tuesday that Malone didn't plan to return to the Lakers because of comments Bryant made in a radio interview. Bryant had said the Lakers shouldn't have to look over their shoulders, wondering whether Malone was going to rejoin the team.

According to Manley, Malone was furious at Bryant, and that private, personal attacks were involved, but the agent would not elaborate.

Bryant, who in the past had a string of public feuds with Shaquille O'Neal and also some run-ins with coach Phil Jackson, certainly did elaborate on his side of the conflict with Malone.

The second-leading scorer in NBA history, Malone opted out of his $1.65 million Lakers contract following last season, making him a free agent. He and Gary Payton, hoping to win their first league championship rings, took significant pay cuts to join Bryant and O'Neal in Los Angeles before last season.

Despite having four future Hall of Famers, the heavily favored Lakers lost to Detroit in the NBA Finals. Then the breakup began.

Jackson was let go, O'Neal demanded a trade and was dealt to Miami, Gary Payton was dealt to Boston, and Bryant tested the free agent market before signing a new seven-year, $136.4 million contract.

Despite his obvious anger toward Malone, Bryant said he would be willing able to separate his personal feelings if Malone rejoins the Lakers.

``If he could come back and play for us and help us out, I'm happy to embrace him as a teammate,'' Bryant said. `But only as a teammate.''

Bryant is the defendant in a civil lawsuit accusing him of rape. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for pain, scorn and ridicule the woman says she has suffered since her encounter with Bryant at the Vail-area resort where she worked in June 2003. Bryant claims they had consensual sex.

After the win over Orlando, he again was asked about Malone, and said, ``It has been difficult to deal with, but I've been through a lot and my family's been through a lot, and we're just trying to put it behind us and move on.''

Bryant scored 23 points on 6-of-23 shooting from the floor, with eight rebounds and six assists in the Lakers' victory. Teammates Jumaine Jones hit seven of his eight 3-point shots and finished with 25 points, and Chris Mihm had 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Orlando's Steve Francis had 27 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

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What is the best new drama of the fall season? That’s easy. It’s the same one as last year.

The Los Angeles Lakers.

When the franchise severed ties with Phil Jackson, sent Shaquille O’Neal packing to Miami and Gary Payton to Boston, allowed Derek Fisher to sign with Golden State, waited while Karl Malone rehabilitated his knee and watched as Rick Fox retired, you might have thought all the suspense and intrigue would have gone with them.

But what you failed to recognize is this: As long as Kobe Bryant is in purple and gold, the Lakers will dominate the league when it comes to scandalous headlines.

That falling out last week between Kobe and Karl? It came about because Karl allegedly made a pass at Kobe’s wife. Reportedly, Kobe then called and threatened Karl.

It’s unclear if Kobe overreacted to a remark made in jest, or if Karl is truly a hound. It really doesn’t matter. The issue here is the hubbub rather than the details.

You could enroll at the preeminent fiction writer’s workshop in the nation, hire Stephen King and Nelson DeMille to consult, and you still couldn’t make this stuff up.

There was the Kobe and Shaq feud. The Kobe and Phil squabble. The sexual assault case. The estrangement from his family. The Kobe free agency decision. The Ray Allen preseason flareup. And now this.

The Lakers may be a boring team, but their strength was never basketball anyway. It’s drama, and thanks to Kobe, they’re again at the top of their game.

Weis might regret this one
I wish Charlie Weis the best of luck in his new capacity as head football coach at Notre Dame. He seems like a great guy as well as a terrific coach.

But if you’ve ever seen the movie, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” substitute Weis for Karl Malden.

That’s because Notre Dame is the Blanche DuBois of college football. A faded beauty. Delusional. Living in the past.

If you remember the story, Malden plays Mitch, who is initially smitten with Blanche. He thinks she’s quite a catch – until he sees her in the light.

Then he’s aghast. He feels she misled him. He thought she was classy and refined.

Like Mitch, Weis will discover that the object of his affection has seen better days. Classy and refined went out the window when Notre Dame administrators embarrassed themselves by making a desperate lunge for Urban Meyer, only to be rebuffed. The innocent beauty Weis remembered from years before is now cheap and tawdry.

Of course, the major difference is that “Streetcar” had Marlon Brando, who gave a memorable performance, as well as Vivian Leigh and the rest of the cast. It probably will be a cold day in South Bend before Weis witnesses any memorable performances.

This Dookie not feeling blue
Some things are more important than money.

Just ask Mike Krzyzewski. He could have gone from very comfortable to filthy rich if he had taken the Lakers’ job offer last summer. Instead, he remained at Duke.

On Sunday night, he become the second-youngest coach in the history of college basketball (behind his mentor, Bob Knight) to reach 700 victories when his Blue Devils beat Toledo.

If Coach K had gone to the NBA, there’s a good chance he would have had success. But he also would have been miserable. Instead of controlling his environment, he would have been a helpless pawn and reduced to serving as a babysitter rather than a teacher.

At Duke, despite all the hassles involved in recruiting and with more and more high school kids like Shaun Livingston skipping college and turning pro, Krzyzewski at least has some control over his situation. He can take the players he wants, and turn down the ones he doesn’t. He can have an impact on the lives of young men. He can work his magic in front of appreciative fans rather than just celebrities and high rollers who attend games just to be seen.

No, Coach K won’t regret passing on the NBA. And college hoops are better for it.

Boston's repeat hopes are baked
Pedro Martinez to the Mets?

That means the Red Sox’s dynasty ends at one title.

What made the Red Sox special last season was the presence of two aces, Curt Schilling and Martinez. Both were dominating. Both were intimidating. Both were experienced, and could be counted on in big games.

I understand Boston’s reluctance to offer Pedro a four-year deal, like the Mets. But the downside of not keeping him is a suddenly vulnerable rotation, especially if the BoSox don’t re-sign Derek Lowe, which they probably won’t.

Pitching wins championships. Unless the Red Sox pull off a surprise and get Tim Hudson or somebody on that level, they’re back among the pack. And their fans have another drought to look forward to.

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Coach bothered by health, team's play news services

Rudy Tomjanovich will step down as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.

His health, although not a relapse of bladder cancer, and dissatisfaction with the way the Lakers are playing contributed to the decision, sources told Bucher.

Tomjanovich missed Sunday's game because of a stomach virus, and did not attend practice on Monday.

Assistant coach Frank Hamblen will become the interim coach.

The Lakers hired Tomjanovich on July 10, replacing Phil Jackson. They are 23-19, in seventh place in the Western Conference.

Tomjanovich left the coaching ranks over a year earlier to fight bladder cancer. He previously coached the Houston Rockets for 12 seasons, winning NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.

"It's just excitement, nothing but excitement," Tomjanovich said about his return. "It's a positive. I've been like a young school boy since this has happened. At times I haven't gotten to sleep, but it's not anxiety. It's excitement."

After losing to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals, the Lakers ended their successful partnership with Jackson and traded Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat.

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Decision was made Monday

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Rudy Tomjanovich resigned midway through his first season as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, citing health reasons.

L.A. general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Tomjanovich at his home Monday after the coach missed Sunday's game because he did not feel well. Their conversation led Kupchak to believe Tomjanovich would resign, and he made it official Wednesday.

"I went from this energetic, pumped up guy to being sapped of a lot of energy," Tomjanovich said, adding that he takes antibiotics regularly now. "It just seems like I got deeper into not feeling good. Why this happened now and why my body couldn't take it, I do not have the answer."

Kupchak said assistant coach Frank Hamblen will coach the team and did not give a timetable for a replacement. Attention in Los Angeles immediately turned to Phil Jackson, who led the Lakers to three NBA titles.

The GM said he has not spoken to the former coach for months, but acknowledged Jackson's name would come up when he talked to owner Jerry Buss.

The two have already talked to Kobe Bryant. Kupchak declined to answer questions about specifics of his talks with Bryant, but said the star player would be consulted in the same way previous Lakers stars such as Magic Johnson had been consulted.

Bryant, Tomjanovich said, was not a cause of his resignation, nor was there any conflict with other players or the organization.

"My time with [Kobe] has been great," Tomjanovich said. "Everybody sees the great plays on the floor, but I'm going to remember those private moments."

The 56-year-old coach went 24-19 in his first season as Jackson's successor and with a revamped lineup built around Bryant. Hamblen led the Lakers to their past two wins, which Tomjanovich missed with a stomach virus and a sinus infection.

Tomjanovich said that he began wearing down mentally and physically about a month ago.

After victories, Tomjanovich said he would celebrate with a dinner of steak and fries, but the grinding feeling in his stomach always returned by the time he finished his meal.

"It just kept wearing on me and wearing on me and my resistance got low. It hurt my health," he said, clearly subdued. "Maybe I'm an old general that needs to get his butt off the front line and do something else."

Tomjanovich was hired July 10 and signed a five-year, $30 million contract after the Lakers did not renew Jackson's contract.

Jackson led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships as well as a berth in the finals in June, when they were upset by Detroit.

After leaving the Lakers, Jackson wrote a tell-all book "The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul" in which he called Bryant "aloof."

"I do know that there were many occasions this year when I felt like there was a psychological war going on between us," Jackson wrote. "Amazingly, we came to a truce, even to a higher level of trust. Ultimately, though, I don't believe we developed enough trust between us to win a championship."

Bryant shrugged off those comments in October, saying he respected Jackson as a coach.

Tomjanovich, who led the Houston Rockets to NBA titles in 1994 and 1995, had returned to coaching after recovering from bladder cancer.

He will stay on with the team for two years as a consultant, a role he said will be defined as he goes, although it will include scouting.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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How much did Kobe pay her? I can't believe it worked for her.

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