Phil Jackson signs, coaching staff returns

None of Monday's news regarding L.A.'s 2010-11 coaching staff is a surprise.

Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw, and Jim Cleamons return as assistant coaches, joined this year in a full and official capacity by Chuck Person, who arrived in El Segundo during training camp last year and greatly impressed Phil Jackson. So this season, he'll remove the "special" from his assistant coach tag. Well deserved.

And, oh by the way, as Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com reports, Jackson has quietly signed a contract for next season. Financial terms haven't been released, and given all that went on last season about the relationship between finances and Phil's return, the numbers will eventually constitute an interesting story. I realize, too, the business of the offseason isn't quite finished, not until there's a resolution to Shannon Brown's free agency (which may or may not influence the future of Sasha Vujacic with the Lakers).

But while there's still plenty of time before training camp begins and enough lean days between now and then to test the seemingly boundless limits of shrimp on a treadmill's ability to entertain and kill time, having adult supervision under contract to me officially turns the page on last year and pushes through the offseason transition.

It feels like "next year" has arrived.