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Rudy T's biggest coaching challenge

Updated: July 12, 2004, 9:52 AM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN the Magazine

Rudy Tomjanovich, despite a long history of drinking and smoking, beat cancer and has a clean bill of health. Prior to that he recovered from a near-fatal blow to the head. In between, he coached the lowest seeded team ever to win an NBA championshp.

A man can develop a strong faith in dire straits turning into smooth-flowing rivers after experiences like that.

Which explains why Tomjanovich might be so eager to coach a Lakers' team whose future has as many shadows lurking beneath ...

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