LOS ANGELES -- After the twists and turns of Thursday were finally put to rest, a clear, straight-ahead picture emerged Friday: The Lakers aren't done yet.
Their coach, Phil Jackson, agreed to return next season, endorsing the addition of Ron Artest simply by coming back for his 19th season as an NBA coach. In fact, Jackson was the one who pushed to sign Artest in the first place, according to a source familiar with Jackson's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Jackson has always been fascinated by Artest's defensive ability. Now he faces the challenge of coaching Artest in a strict triangle offense that leaves little room for freelancing beyond Kobe Bryant's forays.