Tuesday , Jul , 06 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Tomjanovich offered Lakers coaching job

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly offered
former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich their vacant coaching
position.

KRIV-TV in Houston cited unidentified NBA sources as saying Tomjanovich has
been offered the job to replace Phil Jackson, who, on June 18, agreed with the
Lakers that he wouldn’t return to the Los Angeles bench next season.

The Lakers apparently interviewed Tomjanovich last week, then had serious
discussions with Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who decided to
remain with the school.

Tomjanovich led the Rockets to consecutive NBA titles in 1994 and ’95, but
stepped down as the club’s head coach in May 2003 after 12 years at the helm.
He took a medical leave of absence during the 2002-03 season to treat bladder
cancer.

The 55-year-old Tomjanovich posted a record of 503-397 during his tenure with
Houston. He spent last season as a scout for the Rockets, marking his 34th
year with the organization.

The San Diego Rockets made Tomjanovich the second overall selection in the
1970 draft and he started the franchise’s first game in Houston on October 14,
1971.

The Lakers have not commented on the report and on Monday, general manager
Mitch Kupchak said he hoped to have a coach in place some time this week.

Jackson won three NBA titles in five seasons with the Lakers, who fell in five
games to Detroit in last month’s NBA Finals.

LAL