The hiring of Mike D'Antoni as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers last November upset scores of Lakers fans. But perhaps no one was more disgruntled by the decision than Lakers executive vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss, who said she felt betrayed when the team settled on D'Antoni over Phil Jackson.
On Sunday, the LA Times published an excerpt from an updated version of Buss' memoir, Laker Girl , and in it, Buss recalls the moment that her brother, Jim, the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel, hired D'Antoni when she believed the job was going to her then-boyfriend (now-fiance) Jackson.
After firing Mike Brown on Friday, Nov. 9, just five games into last season, Jim Buss approached Jeanie about the possibility of Jackson returning to the Lakers bench. A meeting between Jackson, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak was subsequently set up for Saturday.
After 90 minutes, the parties agreed to meet again on Monday, but that never happened. Late Sunday n...