Marc Stein On Lakers, Heisley, Calderon, Tax

November 9 2012 at 8:41pm CDT By Chuck Myron

Marc Stein of ESPN.com weighs in on the Lakers coaching situation to begin his Weekend Dime, but also drops plenty of knowledge about other issues around the league in his weekly roundup. We'll cover what he has to share here.

  • Stein thinks the Lakers have to go with either Phil Jackson or Mike D'Antoni for their next coach, both of whom players would buy into. The pair are reportedly the leading candidates for the job.
  • Former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley could seek a return to the NBA if Bucks owner Herb Kohl gets a new arena or refurbishment for the Bradley Center. Heisley would then have interest in purchasing the team, which is close to his home in Chicago.
  • Jose Calderon might not be long for the Raptors, but the 31-year-old is giving no thought to playing overseas, saying he wants to stay in the NBA for at least another 10 years.
  • Stein breaks down the projected tax bill for the eight teams projected to be over the tax line at the end of the season. The Lakers would have to pay the most, at nearly $30MM.
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