Updated: May 12, 2003, 11:53 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Boston Celtics: Maybe Jason Kidd was just being nice to his former Phoenix Suns coach, but down 0-3 to the Nets, Celtic fans may be looking for any type of good news. "If there was an opportunity to win a championship, I would [consider it]," said Kidd in the NY Post of signing with Boston in the off season. "I would give them a chance only because of [Ainge]. That's about it." Los Angeles Lakers: The ticker may not have been scheduled to last that long without emergency surgery, but Phil Jackson's contract with the Lakers still has another year. "If he feels like he has solved some of the problems he's had of late, the kidney stone and heart things, if I know Phil he'll want to come back," said Laker assistant and friend Tex Winter to the LA Times. "If not, if it's too big a risk, then he'll ask out." But don't count on that happening. "Knowing him as I do, there is no question in my mind he has every intention of fulfilling what remains, meaning next season," 13-year representative Todd Musburger said. "The topic of extending or doing more here was something that way before the kidney or heart issues, he always said, 'I really don't want to talk about until the season concludes.' "