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Lakers News: Phil Jackson Reacts to Lakers Hiring Mike D’Antoni Reviewed by Momizat on . In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson, the 11-time NBA champion has released the following statement via Dave In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson, the 11-time NBA champion has released the following statement via Dave Rating:
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Lakers News: Phil Jackson Reacts to Lakers Hiring Mike D’Antoni

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In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson, the 11-time NBA champion has released the following statement via Dave McMenamin of EPSNLosAngeles.com:

“Saturday morning, Jim Buss, called to ask if he could come and visit,” Jackson said in a prepared statement released on Monday evening.

“I did not solicit or ask for the opportunity, but I welcomed both he and Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as the head coach. We talked for over an hour and a half. No contractual terms were discussed and we concluded with a hand shake and an understanding that I would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with my decision.

“I did convey to them that I did have the confidence that I could do the job. I was awakened at midnight on Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a 3-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team.

“The decision is of course theirs to make.

“I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker Fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”

Obviously, Jackson was taken by surprise that the Lakers’ brass chose to go with D’Antoni after a decision from the Hall of Fame head coach was set to be made on Monday.

All signs led to the hiring of Jackson for a third stint in Los Angeles. It appeared to beonly a matter of time before the announcement was made concerning the Lakers hiring Jackson for a third time. The players were all for the idea of Jackson’s return and former members of the Zen Master’s coaching staff were prepared to join him as well.

Unfortunately for Jackson and all the Lakers fans anxiously awaiting his return, the storied NBA franchise decided to go in another direction with D’Antoni. Although D’Antoni may ultimately be the better choice with his style of offense, the team choosing him over Jackson will haunt the Lakers’ brass if the team continues to fail to live up to expectations.

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  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    It is more than refreshing that the Lakers are moving on from the old and passé …Jackson’s days as an applicable coach were over & done – long before the Lakers got swept by the Mavericks…
    They were clearly too slow & predictable under Jackson’s stubborn ways and system, just as they were under Brown’s similar ways and system…
    To Dr. Jerry Buss and Company; as a very loyal and long-time Lakers fan, I am thankful and elated to envision this movement… WAY TO GO LAKERS!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    It is more than refreshing that the Lakers are moving on from the old and passe’ …Jackson’s days as an applicable coach were over & done – long before the Lakers got swept by the Mavericks…
    they were clearly too slow & predictable under Jacksons’s stubborn ways and system, just as they were under Brown’s ways and system…
    To Dr. Jerry Buss & Company; as a very loyal and long-time Lakers fan, I am thankful and elated to envision this movement… WAY TO GO LAKERS

  • PJ4EVA!

    These are the kind of shit that makes me loose faith in being a Lakers fan… like seriously! Jim Buss had a chance to hire the greatest coach in sports history… but instead he decided to hire a coach and I mean no disrespect to D’Antoni, but he couldn’t get through to the Knicks who like, the Lakers were stacked with talents… I just don’t understand the logic of this move. I mean Jim Buss was lucky enough to have Phil consider coming out of retirement to finish some unfinished business with Kobe and Co. but to back stab HIM by saying your going to give him Monday to decide if he wants the job or not and then calls him at midnight and say you hire D’Antoni instead? Are you kidding me?! This is PJ! Motherfucking PJ! An 11x NBA CHAMPION! NOT SOME SCRUB WHO JIM BUSS DECIDE TO HIRE BECAUSE HE LIKES IT HIS WAY! *Cough* Mike Brown *Cough*

  • http://www.facebook.com/deividas.juskauskas.1 Deividas Juškauskas

    just look at those like howard, morris, etc…somebody need to work with them mind…who will? mike D’A?

  • Leo_Go_Lakers

    Well, if this is true, then they never really wanted to hire Jackson. Kobe is silent, probably he is as disappointed as the fans are. Good bye No. 17…
    What I do not understand: this should be a business and basketball decision not a fight of egos (PJ vs Buss). If the fans, players all want PJ then why hire MD? if PJ would sit on the bench at least +20% more viewers (fans) and at least +20% more effort from the players. I just do not get it.

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