The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Lakers Hire Rudy Tomjanovich, Cancel "Kermit Washington Night"
Originally posted 7/12/2004

New Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich, whose hiring led to the cancellation of a day honoring Kermit Washington (inset)
LOS ANGELES - The embattled Los Angeles Lakers finally settled on a new head coach this weekend, announcing the hiring of former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich at a press conference Saturday. Tomjanovich had spent his entire playing and coaching career with the Rockets, whom he led to NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. The Lakers also announced the cancellation of "Kermit Washington Night," which had been scheduled for next January.

"Yeah," said Lakers general manger Mitch Kupchak. "You know. We figured with Rudy coaching the team now, maybe 'Kermit Washington Night' wasn't the best idea. We'll maybe wait on that a few years."

"I'm really happy to be coaching here in L.A.," said Tomjanovich, who stepped down as coach of the Rockets in May of 2003 after being diagnosed with bladder cancer but has since been given a clean bill of health. "And, I'm really happy that they cancelled 'Kermit Washington Night.' That just... that might have been a little awkward."

"It's been a weird off-season, that's for sure," Lakers owner Jerry Buss told reporters. "I can't be certain where Shaq is going to play next year, I can't be certain if Kobe is going to jail or not, but there are two things I can be certain about: Rudy Tomjanovich is our next coach, and we won't be having 'Kermit Washington Night' anytime soon."

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