After having several surgeries the past few years, Phil Jackson is "ready to go back to work," a source with knowledge of his thinking told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.
The clues have been there, but the fire and physicality of Mike Brown's Lakers were finally realized.
The Lakers were surrounded by tense, eager moments in their last stand.
Despite the atmosphere of playoff desperation, the Lakers are all smiles.
Coach Phil Jackson says he hopes to return as the Lakers coach next season and can't envision coaching anywhere else next season.