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.