Originally written November 27, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
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The Los Angeles Lakers have taken heat from a number of people over the way they handled their coaching change situation earlier this month, and Charles Barkley is one of the latest. Barkley said he is a fan of Mike D’Antoni as a coach, but he disagrees with the way the Lakers treated Phil Jackson. “Well, I just thought they disrespected Phil Jackson,” Barkley told The Mike Lupica Show on 98.7 ESPN New York. “Mike D’Antoni is a very good coach. But you could just tell they are not going to hire Phil Jackson. I just thought they disrespected him, to be honest with you. If you look at all the background, they told him to think about the job, but they were interviewing Mike D’Antoni on the side. They clearly weren’t going to give him a choice to make a decision, so they should have treated him better.” Doc Rivers shared almost the exact same thoughts as Barkley, and their opinion seems to be a popular one. Jackson won multiple championships with L.A., and most feel as though the Lakers...
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