[NBA] Sources: Rudy T to resign

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The Lakers are in a rebuilding period. There's no reason for him to resign.

Rudy Tomjanovich will step down as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher on Tuesday.

A team spokesman confirmed that Tomjanovich, 56, is considering resigning because of health reasons -- though not a recurrence of bladder cancer -- but denied that a final decision had been made.

Bucher reported that the coach would step down after Tuesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but spokesman John Black said that would not be the case.

"He's considering several options, and resigning is one of them. That decision has not been made," Black said. "There won't be an announcement tonight. He won't coach tonight [at home against Portland] because he's not feeling well. This has nothing to do with cancer."

Tomjanovich's health and his dissatisfaction with the way the Lakers are playing -- at 23-19 they are seventh in the Western Conference, and Kobe Bryant remains out due to an ankle injury -- contributed to the decision, sources told Bucher.

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