Should he stay or should he go?
That's what Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley says he will try to decide this summer.Riley, who has two years remaining on his contract, indicated that he's unsure about his future career plans.
"I can't honestly say what I'm going to do. That's all. I don't know," Riley told reporters Thursday, two days after the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns.
"I have to sit down, all of us do, and think what's in the best interest of the team. I love coaching. But I can't emphatically say right now what my decision (will be)."
Riley said his comments were not meant as a ploy going into talks with Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who has promised to renegotiate the coach's contract.
He also said he is not overwrought because of the Lakers' quick exit.
"I take every loss hard, but I get rid of it quick," he said. "No, I'm not tired or burned out. I think everybody goes through some self-introspection and analysis. I'm the same way. I'll have a good talk to myself and think about it."
He sighed, then said: "I'm a Laker. I've been here for 20 years."
Riley, who has coached the Lakers to four NBA championships in nine seasons, has been mentioned as a candidate for one of the two
commentators' jobs when NBC takes over NBA television coverage from CBS next season.