LAKERS LAND JACKSON: Zen is about to meet Showtime.
Phil Jackson, who guided Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls to six titles with an enlightened, offbeat approach to basketball, agreed in principle Tuesday to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, team spokesman John Black said.The Lakers reportedly offered Jackson a four-year, $24 million deal. Barring a last-minute snag in contract details, he is expected to be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.
Jackson, who returned from an Alaskan fishing trip Monday, already was scheduled to be in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday to campaign for presidential candidate Bill Bradley, a former NBA star who played alongside Jackson with the New York Knicks.
Jackson, who would replace interim coach Kurt Rambis, was also sought by the New Jersey Nets and, to a lesser degree, the Knicks before they made their improbable run to the NBA Finals.
The Lakers fired Del Harris 12 games into last season and promoted Rambis from his job as an assistant. They were swept in the playoffs for the second year in a row, losing in the second round to San Antonio. Utah swept the Lakers in the Western Conference finals last year.
HEARD TO COACH WIZARDS: Detroit assistant Gar Heard has reached an agreement with the Washington Wizards to be the team's next coach, according to several media reports.
ESPN, Washington television stations WTTG, WUSA and WJLA and The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that the Wizards have agreed to terms with Heard, and a news conference announcing the hiring could come as early as Wednesday.
ESPN reported it will be a multiyear deal worth up to $3 million per season. The Post said the contract was worth $1.5 million to $2 million annually for three years.
"CADILLAC" BREAKS DOWN: Former NBA player Greg "Cadillac" Anderson was sentenced to five months in a Houston jail for participating in a cocaine deal.
Anderson broke into tears after he was sentenced Monday in federal court in Biloxi.
The former Atlanta Hawks backup center faced up to three years in prison for the charge of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute it.