Lakers title worth $2 million to Phil Jackson *

If the Lakers grab the NBA championship in Thursday's Game 7 TV ratings extravaganza against the Celtics, coach Phil Jackson will get a $2 million performance bonus, ESPN says citing "NBA coaching sources."

Jackson is the league's highest-paid coach with an annual salary of $12 million. Earlier in the playoffs, Jackson publicly acknowledged that Lakers owner Jerry Buss wants him to take an unspecified pay cut to stay on L.A.'s bench next season, but he also said in the same interview before Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against Phoenix that "the probabilities are great" that he and Buss will hash out a new deal after the Finals.

Ticket brokers are asking $12,500 to $60,000 for Game 7 tickets, Mark Lacter found.

* LAT story: Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan says Jackson already got $1 million for making the finals and will add $1 million if the Lakers win.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Sports stories on LA Observed:
Volleying with Rosie Casals
Sometimes the experience doesn't have to be televised
A bout last night
Tracking the distant signals of the Dodgers
Last hurrah
Overheard at the BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells
The greening of tennis
First-stringers in tennis


LA Observed on Twitter