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NBA News: Phil Jackson Officially Joins New York Knicks


Over the past week, one of the biggest headlines was the possibility of Phil Jackson joining the New York Knicks. After much speculation, Greg Anthony of NBA TV announced that Jackson will be returning to New York where he won two championships as a player:

The news comes off the heels of the Lakers announcing star player, Kobe Bryant, would be shut down for the remainder of the season. Bryant has a strong affinity for Jackson, winning five NBA championships. During a press conference on Wednesday, Bryant said it would be tough for him to see Jackson essentially passed over twice by the Lakers.

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The Lakers infamously passed over hiring Jackson last season following the firing of Mike Brown. Jackson was reportedly looking for a bigger role with the Lakers and wanted to be involved with basketball operations. Instead, the Lakers chose Mike D’Antoni to be their head coach.

Rumors surfaced earlier today that Jackson was trying to leverage the Knicks position into a job with the Lakers. On top of leading the Lakers to five championships, Jackson has remained close to the organization as a result of his engagement to Jeanie Buss.

While the deal was already completed for the most part, Magic Johnson attempted to urge Jim and Jeanie Buss one final time to hire Jackson to become the face of the franchise on Twitter earlier on Wednesday.

With Jackson moving on and accepting the Knicks’ offer, the Lakers organization will unfortunately have to look elsewhere. Despite all the injuries, it’s clear that the Lakers will have to make significant changes as Bryant mentioned that he doesn’t have the patience for another season of rebuilding. With ample cap room and a high lottery pick in this year’s highly-anticipated draft, it’ll be interesting to see what moves the Lakers make this off-season.
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  • zforce

    FUCK we needed phil bad

    • Jim213

      DP is smiling not b/c Phil left but to put the final nail in the coffin with regards to Phil coaching the Lakers. But Steve Kerr will likely be a serious consideration for head coach next season.

      • Daryl Peek

        No smiling. I had no problem with Phil coaching the Lakers. I didn’t want him in the FO like Dr. Buss. Phil is done coaching so that was never a consideration as I’ve said over and over.

        I will admit I’m glad the FO can now move on… YES their will be teeth gnashing for a while but the healing can officially start in the FO or stubbornness will keep them at arms length like it almost idid between Jeanie and her dad over Phil. I pray cooler heads prevail for the sake of family not just the Lakers.

        • ra

          healing? This is the beginning of an even bigger rift. Now the Lakers ship has no steering wheel.

          Next stop, Gilligan’s Island.

          • Daryl Peek

            Time will tell

          • andy

            You nailed it.

    • ra

      This is just an example of the ‘further’ separation of Jim & Jeanie Buss, and the beginning of the ‘age of mediocrity’ of the Lakers. Phil was clearly ‘considering’ this move, to hopefully have the Lakers FO notice and make some type of ‘formal offer’ to Phil.

      That didn’t happen.

      This is essentially Jim flipping off Jeanie. A house divided against itself cannot stand. (Lincoln).

      If you don’t believe me, pay close attention to Kobe’s ‘recent’ (today’s) comments about the state of things. He knows what’s going on, and he was ‘calling out’ the FO.

  • truth24

    FUCK YOU JIM BUSS YOU HAVE DOOMED THE LAKERS FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRR. I CAN FEEL KOBES RAGE

    • Jim213

      Smh, he wasn’t going to coach but the best person is JERRY WEST! Although, he’s a consultant for GSW but best to try to get him back to the Lakers tho doubt he’ll just step down and join the Lakers.

      It’s a different ballpark when talking about assembling a team but not taking anything away from Phil just that Jerry West would be the best fit especially since Phil left to NY. Don’t believe West wants the weekly job at an office but more so a minimal job.

      • Daryl Peek

        Only thing about that is, West has full confidence in his protege Mitch. Time will tell

        • Jim213

          Doesn’t mean he can’t be enticed to play a small role with regards to being a consultant similar to the GSW.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed.

            Jimmy offered Phil that if I’m correct? I remember the olive branch extended during the time of that Grantland back and forth with Jeanie and Jimmy, and Jeanie saying Phil was serving as a consultant unofficially. Phil has always wanted more than that tho.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Ego!

          • Daryl Peek

            Who, Phil the attention whore?

          • Chrmngblly

            I didn’t think you were such a small, mean, petty person, Daryl. Phil takes up a lot of space—and he needs to. He had a lot of people to manage.

          • Daryl Peek

            Ditto, as you are simple in your judgement of Jimmy, Nash and D’Antoni. It’s easy to pick someone apart during rough times. Jimmy is going no where less the Buss family sells the franchise. When the Lakers start winning I’ll be here to remind those that were once so petty during the lean times of just how ugly they were.

          • Ralph Rivera

            Oh wow is ur last name buss..cmon the moves he has done is completly retarted he has dismanteled everthing phil installed since he left and jim took over from asst coaches to players why? Fish for nash really odom for nothing all the solid coaches we had. If we do start winning it will not be because jim but im sure hell take all the credit as a lil rich boy should

          • Daryl Peek

            Show me a GM or HC in any sport that leaves the previous regime in tact? Under new management is just that in all business, new people in charge.

            What moves has he made on his own that you absolutely know Dr. Buss and Mitch were not on board, and in agreement with? Please stop believing everything you hear on ESPN. The best sources for info are the horses mouth, and Dr. Buss has told us what the deal was.

          • Ralph Rivera

            Its public record that lil jimmy has done nothing for the lakers but be a front PR guy scheduling cheerleaders fundraisers jeanie has kept phil 4 one more year she has spoken to many players during contracts talks and jimmy only got to this opportunity cause it was his fathers dying last wish..if jerry knew his son had the bball knowledge or know how why did he only turn it to him when he died and not sooner cause he knew he would have to fix everthing it would hurt his son

          • Ralph Rivera

            Jus as it is now jeanie will help prob let lil jimmy take all the credit

          • Daryl Peek

            You really need to do more detailed homework on your team. Jimmy has worked side by side with his dad and Mitch since about 2000 when West retired. Jeanie was groomed to be head of marketing and business operations. That’s her role.

          • Ralph Rivera

            Again jimmy has no bball back ground never played semi pro pro Nor college and if i remembered correctly he was at one point recent time he was giving opportnty but it was removed by his father again cant get it done

          • Daryl Peek

            So. Dr. Buss would not leave him in charge if he did not have full confidence in Jimmy. I know I can’t convince you of otherwise but I suggest you look up the following…

            “Dr. Jerry Buss Exclusive interview 2005 Fox Sports” with Michael Eaves and “Dr. Jerry Buss exclusive interview ESPN 2005″ with Jim Grey. Buss covers all things most are and have speculated, about what’s been going on. Again, I’ve argued with many on this very site over these things citing Dr. Buss’s words as truth. These interviews are Lakers gospel about the future.

          • Ralph Rivera

            I will…my faith as a laker die hard for the past 30 yrs in jim buss hands …god speed

          • Ralph Rivera

            One thing i might add true buss may never openly admit his son isnt ready fact who would but the grinch…but ive been in similiar prof situation in a father son take over and to me those writings are on the wall only with previous articles books ive read on prev. Player coaches and personel

          • Chrmngblly

            I hate that you are making yourself into the Pope of Lakerdom. You want people to come to you and kiss your ring.

            Your trouble is that you believe all the shit that comes out of these people’s mouths and I know that anytime their lips are moving, they are lying. Think about it. Doesn’t everyone try to put the best possible light on themselves and their own interests when it comes to remembering the past or describing their reasons for doing things? Think. Of course, it is human nature for a father to try and protect his kids and give them everything they might want and need and protect his offspring forever. Everybody understands that except you. Come on. Dr. Buss imagines that this is going to make a man out of little JImmy—but all it is going to do is expose him as the failure that he is.

            This was well intentioned but foolish. Now the fans have to endure this until the Buss kids wise up. It is so unnecessary. I don’t care what rehearsed answers he gave on which show you watched. Think about what you know of human nature—not just little facts you glean from the blogosphere. Don’t be a blog-parrot, DP.

          • Daryl Peek

            I want people to kiss my ring? WOW! You really got issues! Not everyone is out to deceive. Damn shame you have to be so cynical about people you don’t know. I’m not trying to be Mr. we are the world in this but what’s wrong with taking a mans word for what it is when his actions line up with them?

            Dr. Buss groomed his children to take the roles they have for years and that indeed meant a great deal to him as it would for almost any proud father. Dr. Buss was also a self made man of business and I highly doubt he would just throw capricious caution to the the fate of his life’s work without the aforementioned intrinsically motivated vetting in identifying their individual talents he believes in. I’m sure if Dr. Buss felt the children weren’t suited to take over he’d have placed others he trusted like Magic or West in place to manage the family business the children would continue to profit from anyway.

            Funny how you seem to think you know more than Dr. Buss about what’s going on (and best for) inside his family run business? Your assumptions are way too presumptuous. Dr. Buss didn’t need to give his kids the keys to his life’s work, as previously stated to set them up forever. The Buss estate could’ve also been sold in probate achieve that.

            Stop being such a smart-ass blog antagonist. :-)

          • Chrmngblly

            DP, you act like the wanna-be Pope of Podunk. Quit being such a blog-parrot and put your thinking cap back on

          • Daryl Peek

            SMH

            Smart dumb people inject their opinions loudly and overtly in trying to command a bully pulpit. I’m far from worshiping! My opinion is clearly stated as one of rooting for the Lakers as a fan. That it, that’s all. I could care less about the ISH you project as line drawn in the sand human nature psycho analysis. Do you and I’ll do me.

          • Chrmngblly

            This is a sad day. I thought I could talk you back from the edge of the Lemming cliff. I don’t care if you agree with me or not on any of this stuff. Like Greg says, we have no control over any of this. I just like it when critical thinking skills are used. These press agents and spin doctors do work hard for their money, too.

          • Daryl Peek

            Critical thinking is fine. Just because you agree with what you see doesn’t mean you’re a conformist. If I was that I’d fold to the majority I personally see as idolaters in Lakers Nation. Most of them follow the ESPN First Take mantra in the “WE WANT PHIL” as he can do no wrong as Lakers savior.

            They are the ultimate sheep/followers of corporate, pundit spin masters from my vantage point. They follow a shepherd who serves two masters, as they play both sides of the argument premeditated for ratings.

            Meanwhile P-Jax laughs his ass off at the herd squirming as he keeps them dangling. Phil has known his Lakers FO aspirations were dead well before Dr. Buss even took ill. He’s said as much several times but the sheep continue to call him a lie to his face?

            Sad how easily the majority is deceived by their own conspiracy theory delusions of grandeur.

          • Chrmngblly

            You must have me confused with someone else.

          • Ralph Rivera

            Look when jerry west left all thought were lost didnt happen why jerry bus wouldnt let it! Yes they havent been all great moves but not as titanic as this year or should i say tank..we have always been competetive playoff bound

          • Daryl Peek

            There’s a GREAT ARTICLE written by by Ramona Shelburne on ESPN go .com ‘LA Lakers’ titled “Phil Jackson’s long goodbye to L.A.” Those of you interested in the truth about things should read it.

          • Ralph Rivera

            Hey magic stated lakers need change worthy stated lakers disarray kobe says d toni must go hasnt been happy with FO. Besides his contract…lol this is the pulse and the state of laker nation my friend myopic as it is we settle for nothis less that nba gold sorry and thats the bottom line hawwala if u here me!!!!

          • Daryl Peek

            Magic is not running the Lakers and neither is Worthy and Kobe. Again, look up those video’s of Dr. Buss I referenced.

          • Chrmngblly

            Get Magic. It is not just players we are talking about.

        • Chrmngblly

          I have full confidence in Mitch, too. It’s you I am a little shaky on, DP.

      • Chrmngblly

        Magic Johnson

        • Jim213

          With the Dodgers, but Kareem Abdul jabbar has recently expressed interest on having an FO position aside of wanting to own a team.

          • Chrmngblly

            Knew that….I thought Magic might consult or buy back in.

            You take Kareem, OK?

          • Jim213

            Sure the Buss’s will take Magic back after all the bad talk he’s been bringing up about them. ‘Here Magic, sign right here on the doted line…’ SMH.

          • Chrmngblly

            If they ran it like a business, they would grab Magic. The face of “Showtime” is the most beloved Laker’s face of all time.

          • Kay Carter

            Kareem also talked badly about the Lakers when he wasn’t getting that statue lol Magic comments was more like tough love

          • Jim213

            True, but Magic’s remarks about FO have taken place repeatably. However, Magic can say whatever as he’s contributed immensely to the 5 banners hanging on Staples.

        • Josh

          Magic is neck-and-neck with Jordan as one of the best basketball players of all time, but I think he would be worse than Jordan in a front office role. He’s a marketing guy, and shouldn’t do much more than that.

          • Chrmngblly

            Wrong. Magic is a very successful businessman—which requires him to choose his partners and employees shrewdly. He is way more than you just said. Use your computer.

          • Josh

            He’s a great businessman. I agree with that. But I don’t think he is a good scout or talent evaluator. He is good at saying “Lebron is the best in the game today,” but who can’t look and see that? He was not a good analyst when he worked for TNT. I think he was the greatest player ever, but he failed miserably as a coach because he couldn’t handle the next generation of players.

            I’m not sure what role you would want him to have in the front office. Hiring employees? Pretty sure they have an HR director for that, who I assume does a fine job.

    • Josh

      Um. Because the only way the Lakers have ever been good or have any hope of ever being good again was through Phil Jackson??? I think the team will be just fine.

      The only person who has ever “doomed” the Lakers for any stretch of time was the author of “basketball reasons.”

      • Chrmngblly

        I think the Lakers are f*cked, they have a dufus running player and coaching personnel. JB has no business being in that job. He is not qualified. So it looks like it is going to take some time. Who thinks we are ready to compete today?
        Basketball reasons refer to a vendetta caused by JB’s slick maneuver to slide the CP3 deal by the owners before they could look at it. Naturally, when they came out of their meeting they were all pissed and torpedoed the deal.

        • Chrmngblly

          What ever is happening, it isn’t about world class basketball, it is about us having to give Jimmy a job.

          I go back to the parade of bad coaches and the Howard fiasco. That bum, Howard, should have been traded in February last year so we would have gotten something for him, at least.

          The Nash contract is a joke. Safeguards were not built in that protected the team.

          • Josh

            League MVPs get guaranteed contracts. It’s almost an insult to only partially guarantee a deal unless there is reason to believe he will not come back from an existing injury. Kobe’s deal should have had some safeguards in it, but the team was making an offer to show their appreciation to him. No one could have predicted that some rookie would break Nash’s knee in his second game with the team, and that he would never be the same again.

            They didn’t trade Howard because they wanted to keep him. Who would’ve predicted a top-notch free agent would choose to leave the Lakers? It had never happened before. And to think he would go to Houston where they played lots of pick-and-roll offense that he refused to run in LA?

            They didn’t get nothing in return for Howard. They got rid of that fool and they got his cap hold back, and that’s a good deal in my book–better than DeAndre Jordan anyway.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are a really stupid person, Josh.

        • Josh

          There was no slick maneuver. The teams worked out a deal they all liked and was a very good trade for everyone, it was sent to the league office, players were told it was approved, and then Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert started crying about it. Buss didn’t try to slide anything by anyone; all three teams wanted the deal.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are a really stupid person, Josh.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    It was guaranteed to happen sooner or later.This sucks.Lakers must make a huge statement with their new coaching hire if MDA is fired.Turmoil in Lakers land???

    • Chrmngblly

      Like who??? We want him to have a big say on personnel.–AND– be disciplined but flexible in his thinking.

      • Josh

        A coach doesn’t need to have a big say on personnel. Phil never did… We just need a coach to be willing to play the guys the GM acquires. Coach and GM MUST be on the same page.

        • Chrmngblly

          That sounds like MDA. I want someone with enough of a reputation to be able to make a certain amount of demands like Doc Rivers or Pop—or why hire them? We need a strong, charismatic leader that superstars will play for or we might as well stay with MDA. Why are you in favor of a weak coach? What coach would you choose who would not demand significant input on personnel? See what I mean? Right now everybody is on the same page—is that what you want?

        • Chrmngblly

          Phil always did–that’s why he did not get along with JB. Snap out of it.

          • Josh

            Who says I’m in favor of a weak coach? Phil did not have a say in player acquisitions, but he used the players Mitch brought in. They worked together. MDA and Mitch are not on the same page. If they were, Kaman would not be sitting on the bench using up the team’s entire $3.2 million dollar mid level exception.

  • Elden Campbell

    COME ON JIM & JEANIE!

    • Jim213

      (pun)

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Do what Jerry Buss would do right now lil Jimmy Buss.Is this it for the Lakers???

  • Jeff Newman

    ugh…..

  • independantbynature

    Bummer in Lakerland.Only Jimmy Buss will be happy about this.

  • Lakerfan

    Jerry buss flipping in his grave now. Left business to dumb and dumb ass

  • Michael Hilton

    Fugg this ish.Phil Jackson is my main guy.Fugg you Mike Dummyphony fire that POS already.Save the Lakers from doomsday.Fire Mike DAnblowme.

  • cano

    I’M DONE!!!!

    I went on strike against Football when we lost our LA teams and I refuse to root for another city!

    I went on strike with the Dodgers when the O’Malley’s sold them to FOX and then to McCourt!

    NOW I’m going on strike against the NBA!
    Jim is destroying the team his father built and I am not going to watch this team crumble before my eyes…especially with the way the NBA f*cked us over with the CP3 deal and I do can’t stand seeing LeBron be the new face of the NBA…FUCK THAT!!!

    I am so happy with the new ownership of the Dodgers, last year I went to at least a dozen games! Seems like that’ll be the team to follow in LA right now besides the Kings!
    I’ll tune back to the Lakers once they get it together…like Kobe stated, it starts from the TOP!!! Til then, I will not support this team by spending money on them!!!

    • vdogg

      be gone then. you’re a ‘fair weather’ fan and nothing more. lakers nation does not need you. leave and do not come back.

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        Amen!

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        Amen to that!

    • Wyllan Dick

      u aint no Laker fan. ur just a spoiled brat. go on your merry way. real fans ride through thick AND thin. dont even come back when we’re winning, cuz its the lakers…….its inevitable

      • Kay Carter

        this

    • Josh

      You’re quite the fan. “I’ll support my favorite team only when they’re good and make the decisions I think are right.”

  • EXLAKERSFAN

    TODAY i must say i am really ashamed to be a LA Lakers fan after this situation this really hurt me to not see Phil come back and this is where the downfall continues i am almost 100 percent sure that if Jim wouldn’t allow Phil a front office spot he would have taken the coach spot maybe, this shows us a few things now that the lakers fans mean nothing to the organization any more, Kobe Bryant someone who has won you 5x champs means nothing anymore the record shows 22-42 with the firing of Mike Brown, Loss of Dwight Howard, Metta world peace, Steve Blake, Kobe is out for the season D’Antoni will probably be resigned Pau Gasol gets no post play no playoffs Magic said it best Kobe is the face of this franchise and his opinion means nothing to Jim i think Kobe resigned because he loves the lakers but had the impression they would work something out with phil so at this point i think Kobe should demand a trade because i cant see no championships being one especially on the road they are heading if Jim Buss is behind everything, this is devastating news to all my lakers fans since we mean nothing we should no longer support the lakers anymore.

    • inspekz

      fuck it we got the clipps haha

      • purp n’ gold

        GTFO lol

    • Kay Carter

      STFU lol

    • Josh

      There was NEVER any reason to think Phil was coming back to the team again. The Lakers have to get their payroll down if they ever want to field a competitive roster again under the new CBA, so this season was inevitable. The thing about the Lakers, though, is they don’t stay mediocre for long. Their worst stretch was after losing Magic, and even then it took less than 10 years to start chasing banners again. They’ll be on top again in 2-3 years.

      When they’re back, please stay at “Ex” Lakers fan.

  • EXLAKERSFAN

    I AM READY TO HEAR BOO’S AT THE NEXT LAKERS GAME……….

  • ant

    Kobe is gonna go join Melo in New York I can’t believethe Lakers are doing this

    • Josh

      In case you forgot, Kobe signed a 2-year $48.5 million contract to play for the Lakers. He belongs to them until the end of the 2015-16 season. The Lakers will be better next season and chase a title in 2016.

  • ant

    The only thing that will help the Lakers is Pat Reiley leaving MIA yo come coach the Lakers

  • Big John Stud

    If Phil had offered Jim a sack of coke I’m pretty sure the bargaining table would have been wide open. #priorities

  • Ss13

    This franchise is dying and fast. Just when I thought we couldn’t get any worse this happens.
    Wake the F^**%* up
    WE HAVE OFFICIALLY HIT ROCK BOTTOM!!

    • Josh

      THIS is even related to the Lakers. In case you haven’t noticed, lots of former Lakers coaches have new jobs now (many of them working for other teams). Life moves on.

  • Dave Francisco

    ITS OFFICIAL! I’m a Kobe fan not a Lakers Fan! It won’t be the same Lakers team until JIM BUSS is DEAD!

  • ewg

    Jim Buss=Frank McCourt…most hated LA Team owner in town.

  • Gregory Choa

    I don’t understand why everybody is so flabbergasted about all this?!?! People, it’s not like there was a non-coaching position ripe for the taking for Phil Jackson in LA with the Lakers. We have the Buss Family and we have Mitch…and we all knew that Phil was never going to coach the Lakers again…so why all the drama?

    So, the Knicks get him – good for them…I don’t understand why it’s such a bad thing for the Lakers. I, for one, never for a second thought that Phil was ever going to come back to the Lakers…Dr. Buss pretty much saw to that before he passed away.

    • Daryl Peek

      The worshipers don’t want to hear that. Phil is the Lakers savior. There is no before or after him in their minds it seems?

      • Gregory Choa

        It’s exactly that…hero-worship in its most distorted iteration. Seriously, who’s kidding who with this nonsense??? What alternate reality are these cultists stuck in??? My goodness!!! Absolutely SMH!

        • kobe24

          Haha agreed however it sort of stings that such a great personnel guy was right there the entire time but the Lakers couldn’t even offer him a executive spot and sucks that hes joining another team

          • Gregory Choa

            What makes anyone think that Phil would’ve settled for just any old “executive” spot? Something tells me the role he’s probably going to be stepping into in New York includes a substantial amount of control, which is what a man of his stature requires. This is also something that the Lakers did NOT have to offer…as much as many “Laker fans” have deluded themselves into thinking was there for the offering.

            As for the “sucks that he’s joining another team” part, yeah, I can see how that might sting a little bit for Lakers fans, especially given his relationship to Jeanie Buss, but people are going to have to let go of that. Honestly, the way I look at it is that the NBA, and a venerable franchise like the New York Knicks, are better places with Phil Jackson back in it. Good for them. The Lakes remain a family owned business with Mitch Kupchak, hand picked by Jerry West himself, running the show.

            Time to move on.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are a Butt-Kisser, Choa…..JB is utterly unqualified to have the job he has. Tell me ONE job you think Jim Buss could land with his qualifications? Everything he is and everything he has are hand-outs from daddy. Why would having someone like that in charge of evaluating and hiring players and coaches be a good thing for the Lakers?

          • Josh

            I don’t know Jim Buss. I’ve never met him, seen his resume, or checked his references. All I know about him is he wanted to draft Andrew Bynum, and I’d say that worked out pretty well.

            Everything he is blamed for are possibly decisions made or at least shared by Dr. Buss or Mitch, and the bottom line is that the Lakers had to go through this season eventually–would’ve preferred to do it without all the legitimate NBA players out with injuries–to ever be competitive again under the new CBA.

          • Gregory Choa

            Chrmnblly, like it or not (and clearly you don’t, and seem to be in deep denial about this reality) the Lakers remain a family owned business, with the Buss family calling the shots (and w/ Jim and Jeanie trying to follow in their dearly departed father’s massive footsteps). And, where Dr. Buss had Jerry West to principally help him evaluate personnel, Jim has Mitch Kupchak – who, whether you choose to believe this or not, remains one of the top 5 GMs in the business.

            As “unqualified” as you believe Jim Buss may be, the fact is that ownership of the Lakers is his birthright. The Lakers aren’t a publicly owned company and don’t have shareholders. None of this is for us to decide. This isn’t a matter of me being a “Butt-Kisser”, this is a matter of coming to terms with reality.

          • Chrmngblly

            Your right, Greg, I can’t face it. But you are still a Butt-Kisser….:-)

          • Josh

            On what basis is Phil a “great personnel guy?” Is he a great personnel guy because he coached for a team that drafted Michael Jordan? Is he a great personnel guy because he took a job coaching Shaq and Kobe?

            Phil quits on teams when the personnel isn’t good enough to win for him.

      • Chrmngblly

        Wow. You are the worshipper, DP.

        • Daryl Peek

          I worship no man. I root for the Lakers brand. You’ll never hear me in the staples center engaged in the Jackson idolatry, mantra chanting “WE WANT PHIL, WE WANT PHIL, WE WANT PHIL….”

          • Chrmngblly

            What a bone head. That is called a straw-man argument, in case you want to know. Railing against Phil fans is pointless.

            If you have something to say about the massive hemorrhage of competitive talent during the Jim Buss years, I am willing to hear you out. We have been massively weakened as an organization by all these “moves.”

            Who thinks we are better of without Phil than we would be with him? Who thinks he wouldn’t do a better job than Jimmy? If Jim Buss was looking to make money or grow the organization I would have respected the younger Buss, if he had stepped back from an operating role and turned it over to someone more qualified, someone superstars would be happy and excited to play for. I don’t even care that it’s not going to be Phil that has that job. I do care that he is not in our world anymore and is now working for a competitor. That seems like a heck of a loss to me.

            Still my big concern is that JB is still acting like a worker when he’s not qualified. Sometimes, as an owner, you have to hire good people and get out of their way. Maybe a strong new coach will solve this.

          • Daryl Peek

            Still resorting to name calling I see. That’s why I use the denoted by, SMH at times. Not that I don’t fall victim to my own regrettable, digital complicity in the smug reply world of internet debates.

            I have no problem with Phil fans but the idolatry in LN is an issue as I see it. Phil is a great basketball mind and he served his purpose for the franchise. Thanks but nothing lasts forever. I hate to sound so cold but it is what it is.

            As I’ve stated before, Dr. Buss made a clear choice to move on from Phil with language in his will, and Phil was at peace with that when he left three years ago. The Lakers are a privately owned business so Dr. Buss had full autonomy in assigning his successors. Who are you or I to say he was wrong in his decision? If one feels that strongly about their disapproval of the organizations new management/ownership, they have a monetary option available to show it.

          • Chrmngblly

            I tried to stop myself–but I just couldn’t. Do you feel an apology would be appropriate?

  • Matt Williams

    Why is this site the only site to announce that news? Greg Anthony has not been a real good source. I don’t want Phil to go but I need to see this on ESPN.

    • Bojangles

      Agree. When the Knicks or the NBA announce it. That’s official.

  • RUDY T.

    SCREW YOU JIM BUSS.WE WANT PHIL!WE WANT PHIL!WE WANT PHIL.

  • Rick S. 808

    Not hiring Phil again shows that Jim Buss and Mitch are not capable of running the Lakers. Time for Jeannie to take over and do something.. After this season this is so hard to swallow!

    • Josh

      They also didn’t hire Pat Riley. They didn’t hire Red Aurbach. They didn’t hire Kareem. They didn’t hire billions of people. What were they supposed to hire Phil to do? Their jobs?

  • Wolfman

    We have officially traded places with New York. They are now the genius front office and Jim Buss is exposed as the mental incompetent we suspected he was. He will take this franchise into the gutter. Jerry must be spinning in his grave. If only he had turned the Team decisions over to Jeannie. All is lost. We are in D’antoni / Jim Buss HELL !!! I never thought I would say this. I will force myself to become a clipper fan. Today, the Lakers died. They were murdered by Jim Buss. His legacy will be that he drove the franchise into the ground, but at least he got rid of Phil Jackson. Good Job you Moron. You lost a lot of loyal fans today. We could take a losing season, but we cannot take anymore Jim Buss.

    • Daryl Peek

      WOW! By Philicia.

    • Gregory Choa

      “Jerry must be spinning in his grave”??? It was practically Dr. Buss’ DYING WISH that control of the Lakers not be relinquished to Phil Jackson!
      Listen, I fully appreciate everything Phil has given to the Lakers during his amazing tenure as head coach, but those days are over. You guys who have somehow deluded yourselves into thinking that Phil Jackson was going to somehow just magically install himself as this franchise’s GM are sadly out of touch with reality.

      • antzer

        Agreed, Phil’s time in LA is done but its a hard concept for Lakers fan to admit given there isnt viable replacement for mda. We fans only remember winning w/Phil but we forgot how painful it was to be swept by Dallas! But that lost is easily forgotten given the 2 seasons we just experienced. All and all, its just a sport, yes we have Lakers pride and are fanatics but life goes on, there are more important things in life. I hope for the best for my Lakers regardless what happens next year. Lakers fan for life.

    • Kay Carter

      If the Lakers have “lost loyal fans”, then they was never loyal from the start, go be a Clipper fan nd dont come back when we start winning

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sylvia Ross

        Kay, I think that right now people feel as if this is the only way that they can handle their anger. We have had coaching changes, a losing season with the worst loss to the clippers. Now, we have a owner who does not seem to care about losing the fans who have supported the Lakers when his father was in charge. Then Pringles, comes in and tells us to find another team if we don’t like what’s going on. Now this ,Phil is gone. It’s just to much to digest in one season. Give people a chance to think about what’s happening before you tell them to go away and don’t come back when the Lakers start winning again. It’s only so much people can take it feels as if our voices are not being heard by anyone and so we ( Laker fans) lash out.

        • kobe24

          Lmfao you make it sound like ur families are dying or something.

          This was a losing season anyways, moment Dwight Howard left and Kobe’s injury it was inevitable that this would be a pretty bad season. Albeit I didn’t even expect it to be this bad but it was sort of warranted.

          The only thing that makes me mad is MDA here but even then Jerry Buss was also there and it wasn’t solely Jim’s decision to hire MDA. Also, we didn’t lose anything Phil was never with the organization “officially” sure he may be giving advice to Jeannie here and there but really cmon guys we didn’t lose anything.

          #golakers #rideordie

        • Kay Carter

          yeah that’s true but dont say you Loyal nd then turn around and say you gonna be a clipper fan…..a fan is there thru good and bad times, like i said before this isn’t the only time we had a losing season smh nd Phil haven’t been our only winning coach

          If fair weather fans wanna leave they should, it’s fine to lash out but don’t say you gonna “support” another team because things isn’t looking good at this moment

        • Josh

          Phil’s been gone for years. And it’s not even the first time he left. All this angst against Buss right now feels like someone being mad when their ex gets married.

  • truth24

    WE WANT TACOS WE WANT TACOS WE WANT TACOS!!!!! NO MORE TACOS JUST EMPTY PACKETS OF HOT SAUCE. I MISS THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF WINNING. WE USE TO DOMINATE TEAMS. WHAT THE HE’LL HAPPENED…….

  • Wolfman

    Jim Buss just took over the Number one spot from Frank McCourt as the worst and most hated team owner EVER !!!

  • Roman

    Wow, another blow to the face of our beloved Lakers organization, Jim Buss is dragging the franchise to the bottom of the ocean, and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel…

  • Ka Vui

    SO LAKERS U SIGNED D’ANTHONI WHAT U GET???????

  • Wolfman

    Gregory, It wasn’t Jerry’s dying wish to not bring in Phil Jackson. They decided that D’antoni was a better fit at that particular time. Mainly because of Steve Nash. Jim Buss now had the chance to make a huge change in the culture of the lakers and his pride / ego wont let him admit that he made a mistake with D antoni. We know that Phil wasn’t going to walk in and make the lakers win tomorrow. But think about what Phil Jackson has done over his career. 11 championships. Do you really think that having him involved with the team would be a bad thing? We needed him to calm the fans and players while they rebuilt. No one has the patience for Jim Buss. But we would have waited while Phil worked his magic.

    • Gregory Choa

      Wolfman, define “involved with the team”…exactly what kind of a role do you realistically think would’ve been there in the Lakers FO for Phil? He’s done coaching, we already have a tenured General Manager, and the Buss family (starting with the dearly departed Dr. Buss) isn’t about to transfer any part of ownership/control over to anyone, let alone Phil Jackson.

      Do you honestly think that Phil would’ve settled for / wanted some kind of a “consulting” role? This all boils down to what Phil Jackson commands as a decision maker at this stage of his career, and what the Lakers are/we’re prepare to offer him…which is zero.

      You guys all act like Jim Buss is just some interchangeable part of the equation! People, this is a FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, cultivated over decades! This business of the Buss family vs. the kind of stature and control that a guy like Phil Jackson commands represents an impasse for which there is NO bridge.

      • Chrmngblly

        The Lakers just don’t happen to be a 7-11 or a small family owned restaurant or dry cleaners, Greg, where all the kids wait tables or something like that. The Lakers used to play world class basketball and it takes word class talent to do that—not the ne’er-do-well son of the dead owner hiring loser coaches and botching trades that cost us star players. Let him own, if he wants. The Doc had world class talent before he ever got control of the Lakers. Meanwhile, Jimmy never held down a job before. This is his first j-o-b. F*ck me.

  • 3339

    a Kobe death stare is required on jim buss.

  • Kay Carter

    Are you ppl phil fans? or Lakers fans? becuase im real confused with some of these post im seeing, damn have some damn faith in this organization, we won 11 championships WITHOUT phil….jump off his ______ lol yeah we having a losing nd sucky season but shit, we cant always have a great one smh

    • Daryl Peek

      And the real Lakers fans said, WELLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

      • Kay Carter

        i dont get these so called fans, i just dont get it

        • NickOld

          Such are fans of Lakers. I remember games from a few years ago there was absolutely no atmosphere in the stadium it seems, people are not really into the game until the team down big. I don’t think most know wth is going on, they just went just because they’re the Lakers.

          Same thing seems to be happening here, just because its Phil Jackson.

        • Wolfman

          Real fans live and die with the team. The term fan is short for fanatic. Yeah some of us are fanatical. We love the Lakers and cannot accept that losing is just another part of winning. Maybe we would feel different if we were say…New Orleans fans or the Bobcats fans. But we are not. We are Laker fans and as such we expect excellence, from the players and the front office.

          • Daryl Peek

            Is this the first time we didn’t have excellence? Is this the first losing season in Lakers history? Did Phil win it all every season he was a HC? When did the LN get so impatient? If you’ve been a fan Longer than 8 years, you know Lakers losing.

            I expect the best and want the best of everything out of life and for the sports teams I root for. Guess what? We don’t always get what we want and no one meets expectations all of the time.

          • Wolfman

            Of course we don’t always get what we want. But we did have a chance to improve the team for years to come and the decision was…It’s pretty good the way it is. A lot of people will still love us. So lets stay the course. It’s working for the Bucks it should be good enough for laker fans.
            . I can accept defeat but it is painful and this forum is where we heal. Your words of just get over it, ring hollow. True fans always want excellence. Those that don’t are not true fans.

          • Daryl Peek

            There should be no pain in the first place given the place where it’s coming from. It’s not from losing, it’s from idolatry. People are acting like a certain man is the end all be all. True level headed individuals can’t comprehend that. I’ve been a Lakers fan since 1976 and there’s always the next. I get angry, hurt all of the above but you’ll never hear me in the Staple center chanting Phil’s name like Angela Basset reciting her Buddhist mantra in, What’s Love Got To Do With it.

          • Wolfman

            Daryl, after going back over these posts I believe that you are correct. We should have faith that the Lakers F/O knows what they are doing and we will come out of this stronger than ever. Remember that old cartoon of the 2 vultures sitting in a tree in the desert. One looks at the other and says,Patience Hell, I’m gonna go Kill Something. It is hard to have patience. Especially when the winningest coach in NBA history has just left the building [For Good] I will try and see it your way. No Promises. Thanks

          • Kay Carter

            For once i agree with DP, nd he’ll tell you….we dont always see eye to eye lol it’s time for us fans stop acting like babies because Phil went to the team he played with….our concerns should be with the Lakers nd it’s state….i want what’s best for our team nd want us to become great once again, but i dont expect it ALL the time

            True fans do indeed want excellence but to quit on this team, that is not a true fan mindstate

          • LakersGyrl

            No this isn’t the first losing season in Lakers history. It is however the WORST losing season in Lakers history.

            Don’t care about Phil coming back or not. However acting like in the span of 2 seasons Jim has not made bad decision after bad decision putting the team in the position it’s in is nonsense.

            In 2 seasons he has taken the Lakers from a top 3 team to the bottom of the West.

            And yes the Lakers have had losing seasons before but not with JIM in charge. Am I to believe that after all the bad decisions he’s made suddenly he’s gonna change?

            Sorry but actions speak louder than words and ALL of Jim’s actions since being in charge have been detrimental to the Lakers.

            I’ll ride with the Lakers until the wheels fall off, but I won’t do it blindly lying to myself that things are like before and they’ll get better soon. Jim gives me zero confidence in that.

            #Lakers4Lyfe

          • Daryl Peek

            In 1992-93 the Lakers were one season removed from making the NBA finals. Mike Dunlevy was the coach of that team and was lost to the Bucks because they offered him the coaching gig and a GM stake in the team. Sound familiar? Randy Pfund was hired to replace him. Great hire right? We endured almost two season of Pfund as the team went 39-43 in 92-93 and 33-49 in 93-94. There were no major injuries in either of those seasons and Jimmy had nothing to do with the so called bad decisions that caused the back to back losing efforts.

            All of this was coming off a horrible ending to Showtime as Pat Riley left the team under a cloud of turmoil in 89-90. Riley had publicly said he was not leaving the Lakers on several occasions but the strain of that seasons constant in house bickering, public finger pointing and power trips led Riles to bounce to NY ultimately, ending Showtime as we know it.

            This transition was not gonna be seamless. Change is never easy. Acting like this is the worst time in Lakers history is disingenuous. No ones perfect, and there’s always down times.

            I have confidence in Jimmy and Mitch simply because the smear campaign is a condensed convoluted view of the big picture Dr. Buss planed for his children and the Lakers organization.

          • Josh

            Thank you for that trip down memory lane. I was recently trying to remember all the previous Lakers coaches who I think were worse than D’Antoni, and I guess I blocked Dunleavy and Pfund out of my memory. Man, those were tough years.

        • Josh

          Most Lakers “fans” are morons or just too young to remember that the franchise has always been the best in the league (except for the 60s and 90s). They rode the bandwagon into town with Phil. Hence the “We want Phil” chants two years after he retired.

          Phil broke up with them two years ago, but now he’s getting remarried, and they still haven’t let go.

    • Devon Samuels²⁴

      Amen to that finally a true Lakers Fan post!

  • LakersFan8-24

    Damn it, sheesh JIM BUSS Really i hope you’re happy, smh you had the chance on rehiring the best coach BUT NO!! you chose MIKE D’ANTONI over PJ?! that’s just wrong, Good job “JIM BUSS” real good smh

  • samuel blaise joseph ndiaye

    It’s really sad and it hurts too much … But hey, this is a great opportunity for Phil. Now about the current season of the Lakers, it is not famous at all, it must be recognized that unless the team is rebuilding so it will give concern to all the staff and hope that next season will be better with the return wounded.

  • Lakers Fan Since 69

    All former Lakers workers are now trying to destroy the Lakers franchise.You got Pat Riley in Miami winning championships as president.You got Jerry West in Golden State making the Warrior a relevant playoffs team.You now got Phil Jackson in New York as the new boss.The Lakers lost top scout Ronnie Lester to Phoenix last year.The Lakers are possibly about to lose Mitch Kupchak and be stuck with Jimmy Buss and Chaz yeah the Lakers as you know need big time help.This ship has officially sunk and needs to be anchored and repaired.Jump off this sunken ship everyone it’s over for a few years until it gets repaired.

  • Lakers Fan Since 69

    WE WANT PHIL!

    • Josh

      Fan since 69? And you act like Phil is the only person who can get this team back to greatness? The Lakers are just adapting to a new CBA (and dealing with innumerable injuries). They’ll be fine WITHOUT Phil.

  • John Elliott

    This is open warfare in the Lakers ownership and front office Jim just basically let his ego destroy the Lakers. This ingrate has no business running the Lakers let alone anything else. Would not surprise me to see Kobe request a trade or nullifying his contract. What’s the point might as well retire the Lakers are going to suck for years to come. Kupchek has become Jim’s bitch boy.

    • Jim213

      Smh, truth is that Phil wasn’t going to get the coach job. If he’d gone to FO (Lakers) it’d been a position with minimal or no authoritative pull. Like posted yesterday Phil will want to out due Jim to prove a point = ego’s.

      IMO, it wouldn’t have mattered but Phil would’ve improved the odds of turning the team around if he’d been given an FO job w/Lakers. Best to get J West back in a limited role b/c he doesn’t want all the responsibility that goes with being an FO big.

  • fakerstolakers

    Phil was not the First Coach of the Lakers, nor will be the last.

  • TheTruthKills

    Welcome to the dark days of the Lakers franchise. The madness continues.

  • Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre

    why is everyone acting like its over for the Lakers lmao , fuck it if Phil wanna go coach the Knicks then so be it, LA management has been fucking it up, i don’t see why this is a big deal., and yeah i would love for Phil to have chose LA to , but so be it. keep it moving.

  • Lakers4Life

    At least Dumbtoni will be out of Lakerland and hopefully all of the Dumbtoni cocksuckers on these boards will disappear with him — that would make up for stupid Jim not hiring Phil Jackson.

  • Lance

    It’s time for the Lakers FO to get serious here and now.Start raiding other teams talent go ahead and grab Gregg Popovich from the Spurs go ahead and convince LeBron James to sign with the Lakers.QUIT BEING PUSHOVERS LAKERS FO!

  • Lance

    Even the Clippers FO is aggressive stepping on toes to get to the top.Take a quick lesson Jim Buss it’s time to step on toes and hurt some feelings.Become a outlaw Owner that has no regard for other rival teams and is all about the Lakers winning championships become a rebel without a cause a real threat to the NBA.This is the best way the Owner Jim Buss can be now,his back is against the wall now.

  • Godfrey Uche

    My Lakers are brought to their knees as direct result of not hiring a right and quality coach. How are the mighty fallen?

  • Bojangles

    I wouldn’t consider a tweet by a former player / analyst “Official”…

  • Bojangles

    A tweet by Greg Anthony is as “Official” as a tweet by Russell Valenzuela…

  • Gabriel Peron

    You know what?! Kobe should do like Lebron did when joined the Heat… I don’t want money, I wanna a great roster! Give up on money to get A great 1st pick draft now, Carmelo and K. Love plus Kyrie Irving next year! Then I wanna know who would be the best team…

    • Josh

      Lebron took about 12% less than a max contract when he signed with the Heat. Kobe just took about 27% less than max with his new deal. Lebron left $2 million/year on the table; Kobe surrendered $8 million/year.

      Lebron did not give up on money. He’s also getting about a 10% increase each year, and Kobe is getting 2%.

      • Gabriel Peron

        Just compare the final amount of both: Kobe is earning $30,453,000 and Lebron $19,067,500… Who is doing what? I am not comparing or even saying that is not fair… but I think that EVERYBODY would agree that Kobe could give up some money to get surrounded by other great player and get 1 or 2 more rings. Sorry… that is the truth.

        • Josh

          In that case, every player in the NBA should just take a $3-4 million/year contract so they can team up with whoever they want. Kobe could team up with Melo, KLove, and Kyrie. Lebron can team up with Wade, Bosh, Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Dwight, Rose, Rondo, Cousins, Griffin, and CP3.

          After all, the only thing any great player should care about is championships, so they should all take small salaries and join one team together, right?

          If Lebron makes it 18 years in this league, he will be making about $33 million at that time. Just because he’s younger and hasn’t earned the higher pay yet does not make him more noble for earning less this year.

  • Pupman

    Stop crying Lakers fans. Phil was no savior. He has never had a front office job before. He has never proven himself in that position and he was never going to coach again. I don’t see him working too hard for the Knicks. He wants an expensive part time job. And Dolan gave him one. It’s a money grab. Maybe he brings in a competent coach and better front office than already exists for the Knicks. But he inherited a team that is managed worse than the Lakers. It is going to be quite difficult for him, not to mention that this is a case of conflict of interests because he is the husband of a major part owner of the Lakers. Frankly, I’m surprised Dolan made the move because of that alone.

  • Wizkid

    Now they’re stuck with Mike & no progress either on the next season? Lakers’ franchise seems like going into a wrong direction…maybe they just want to sell it?

  • roseducanna

    please stop, don’t talk anymore.JIM BUSS and KUPCAKE are the deaf people.They don’t hear any one.Who want to watch LAKERS or go to another team (MDA said ).

  • Joseph Apohen

    With all the money Phil has accumulated, why bother sigining with the Knicks or anyone else for that matter? Is it ego? He’s accomplished a lot with those 11 rings. He has nothing to prove except to get back at the Lakers for not hiring him?!

  • Kev

    Hey Lakers Org./Buss family get it together already!
    Stop ignoring your fans wishes! Now the Clippers are running the show?!

    Bynum=Failed
    Howard=Failed
    Nash contract=Failed
    Mike Brown=Failed
    D’Antoni=Failed

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