posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 02:31 PM
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.(AP) - With Mike Krzyzewski out of the picture, it appears Rudy Tomjanovich could be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The former Houston Rockets coach has been offered the job, a Houston television station reported Tuesday.
Lakers spokesman John Black refused comment.
Tomjanovich, who led the Rockets to NBA titles in 1994 and 1995, was offered the job Monday night, according to unidentified NBA sources quoted by
KRIV. The Lakers job has been vacant since June 18, when the team announced Phil Jackson wouldn't return next season.
Tomjanovich, 55, stepped down after 12 years as coach of the Rockets in May 2003 two months after learning he had bladder cancer. He underwent
treatment and served as a scout for the Rockets this season his 34th year with the organization.
Krzyzewski announced Monday he would remain at Duke rather than accept an offer from the Lakers, reported to be for five years and $40 million.
"Immediately after I spoke to (Krzyzewski) this morning, our search for a new coach continued,"
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said late
"I would hope it could be this week,"
Kupchak said. "We don't feel under the gun to do that, but we would like to have a coach. Finding the
coach is one of the top priorities. There's a lot more that needs to be addressed at this time of year."
Jackson coached the Lakers to three championships in five years. The announcement that he wouldn't return came three days after the team lost to the
Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.