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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
Posted by Rob Peterson on July 6 2004 1 p.m. ET

KRZYZEWSKI TELLS LAKERS NO

Over the holiday weekend, the nation waited breathlessly as one man deliberated about one of the more important decisions he would ever make in his lifetime, one that would affect his future and the future of millions.

And finally, he arrived at that decision as John Kerry picked John Edwards as his running mate.
-- New York Times (Registration required)

Whoops! That's not the decision I meant. I meant this guy: Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K, as he is known by sportswriters who don't want to type out K-R-Z-Y-Z-E-W-S-K-I, kept millions of Lakers and Duke fans in suspense until Monday night, when he announced that he had indeed turned down the Lakers' head coaching position.
-- Los Angeles Daily News

That being said, Krzyzewski's brief flirtation with the Lakers will soon be forgotten, probably only be mentioned in passing during the middle of next season. It seems that's all it was, a flirtation, not a crush.

Still, "everybody has a plan ... until they get punched in the mouth," as one Los Angeles writer uses a Mike Tyson quote to describe what just happened to the Lakers.
-- L.A Times (Registration required)

Michael Wilbon said it's probably for the best.
-- Washington Post (Registration required)

An ink-stained Los Angeles wretch also says Tomjanovich should be the Lakers' man.
-- Los Angeles Daily News

John Lopez said Krzyzewski was wise to get out of Rudy Tomjanovich's way because Rudy T's a survivor.
-- Houston Chronicle

Lopez also noted that some think Bryant made the initial overtures to Krzyzewski, not Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Such machinations have not gone unnoticed in the Chicago area, where one writer said Michael Jordan could only wish, as a player, he had the pull Bryant has.
-- Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Also, as far as a free-agent tour, Kobe will stay home as teams must venture to see him. For some reason, this makes me think of the The Godfather's opening scene
-- ESPN.com

Denver GM Kiki Vandeweghe has already made the trip to California to meet Bryant.
-- Denver Post

Krzyzewski giving the Lakers the feint leaves the Lakers as the only NBA team without a head coach. Atlanta and Pistons assistant Mike Woodson have reportedly agreed on a contract to make Woodson the Hawks' new head coach. Woodson becomes the Hawks' fourth head coach in five years.
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Registration required)

As far as players moving about, we've had many already.

(A quick explanation: Free agents haven't signed with anyone. When it's reported that free agents have chosen a team, they have done so verbally. They can't put their Hancocks on the dotted line officially until July 14. You can follow all the movement here in our Player Movement Central.)

Last week, the Suns nabbed Steve Nash, to which the Mavs have somewhat shrugged their shoulders.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Monday, it appears that Pistons center Mehmet Okur has agreed to a five-year deal with the Jazz for a lot of money (Read the story, it is a lot). Okur is a restricted free agent, meaning the Pistons have a right to match. But it appears the Pistons may pass.
-- Detroit News

The Pistons can't afford to pass on Rasheed Wallace. Maybe that's why Pistons president Joe Dumars followed 'Sheed home to Philly. What will Dumars and Wallace do in Philly? "Hang out," Dumars was quoted.
-- Philadelphia Daily News

The Jazz also have their sights set on ... Kenyon Martin? Yes, Kenyon Martin.
-- Salt Lake Tribune

Seems like Martin has Denver, Utah and Atlanta in his sights.
-- Bergen County Record (Registration required)

Meanwhile, the Spurs are doing their darndest to keep Manu Ginobili in San Antonio.
-- San Antonio Express-News (Registration required)

If the Knicks want to give Bulls guard Jamal Crawford a new home, Crawford's agent said the Knicks will need to work a sign-and-trade.
-- New York Post

That being said, the Bulls will probably not go for such a deal.
-- Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Krzyzewski will stay at Duke.
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2003-04 ARCHIVE
July 1 -- Free Agency, Part I
June 25 -- The Draft Blog
June 21-26 -- Draft Week
June 5-15 -- C&R's Finals
June 5-15 -- The Finals Blog
June 1 -- Love 'Em, Hate 'Em
May 24 -- Three's Magic
May 17 -- Unsung Heroes
May 10 -- Kero-Whacked!
May 3 -- Fugazy Like a Fox
April 26 -- Click Gets Randy
April 19 -- Playoffs CW, IQ
April 12 -- Give Them Away
April 5 -- Fight for First
March 29 -- Prime Time
March 22 -- East Bests West?
March 15 -- Very Scary Bears
March 8 -- Sick and Tired
March 1 -- West Side Story
Feb. 24 -- Surfing the Nets
Feb. 17 -- City of Angles
Feb. 13-15 -- All-Star Blog
Feb. 9 -- Git Up, Git Out
Feb. 2 -- Lobbying for L.A.
Jan. 26 -- Midwest is Best
Jan. 19 -- More Central
Jan. 12 -- Grand Central
Jan. 8 -- Starbury Time
Dec. 29 -- American Rookies
Dec. 22 -- The Greatest Gift
Dec. 15 -- Hail the Kings
Dec. 8 -- Spurs Sportsmen
Dec. 1 -- Holiday Exchange
Nov. 24 -- Hive Talkin'
Nov. 17 -- Clip and Save
Nov. 10 -- Short People

BACKCOURT
Check out NBA.com's "Destination Finals", The Finals and NBA Draft 2004 sections for a complete recap of all of the recent action.

FRONTCOURT
The week that will be:
July 6: Summer leagues begin. July 14: Start signing!

WEEKLY KERR
My boss likes Steve Kerr's Yahoo! column. I like my job. Here's this week's link to Steve's piece on ... T-Mac. Kerr says the Rockets are now legit.