I have not walked a step in Rudy T.â€™s shoes, let alone the miles it would take to understand what he is feeling and what he thinks he should do. I would not be so presumptuous as to offer him advice on a very personal decision. If his health is the most pressing issue â€” Laker officials are saying it is, but that would be their spin whatever the reason â€” he needs to do what is best for him and no fan or media member should criticize him.
I will, however, offer this idea that he should weigh his decision against â€” if heâ€™s in he needs to be in for it all. Whether or not Jerry Buss wants to admit it, this is a rebuilding project in Los Angeles â€” itâ€™s not like the ones in other NBA cities where rebuilding means three or four years in the lottery, but it is rebuilding. If Rudy T. wants to be a part of that, of building this team into a champion, heâ€™s got to be in for the long haul and be up to it physically and mentally. If not, whatever his reason, then he should walk away. What I donâ€™t want to see is him come back just for the rest of this season then leave, causing more upheaval.
(While we wait for Rudy T.â€™s official word, Iâ€™ll put up a post Wednesday late morning on other coaches to consider â€” Eric Musselman, Michael Cooper and the guy who appears to be the frontrunner, one Phil Jackson.)