Found May 22, 2013 on RealGM:
When Phil Jackson received a phone call from Mitch Kupchak late on Sunday, Nov. 11 that the Los Angeles Lakers had decided to hire Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown as head coach, he had an amused reaction. "I laughed," Jackson said on Wednesday. "It was humorous to me when Mitch said that we think that Mike is a better coach for this group of guys." Jackson had been prepared to tell Kupchak that he was interested in coaching the Lakers again. Jackson believes the move to hire D'Antoni was made to cater to Steve Nash. "I think it didn't happen because there was some concern how are we going to move in the right direction for this ballclub," Jackson said. "When Mitch gave me the call close to midnight on Sunday night right before I was going to give them an answer Monday morning and said, 'We've made a choice. We're going to hire Mike D'Antoni. We think he's the best coach for this group of guys.' My answer was,...

Report: Phil Jackson Angling to Get Back With Lakers Through ‘Flirtations’ With Other Teams

Phil Jackson‘s name is coming up a lot lately. The former Bulls and Lakers coach was linked to management positions in Toronto and Seattle, and with all due respect to Jerry Sloan and Stan Van Gundy, Jackson remains the hottest ex-coach on the market. All these nibbles from lesser franchises may come with a bigger goal in mind. Despite Jackson saying on “The Tonight Show” that...

Phil Jackson says he laughed when the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni

Tweet Remember early in the 2012-2013 season when the Los Angeles Lakers flirted with the idea of re-hiring legendary head coach Phil Jackson but instead decided to go with Mike D’Antoni and how comical the whole ordeal was? Well apparently Jackson found it just as comical, as he expressed during a television/radio appearance Wednesday morning: [...]

Phil Jackson on Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni: ‘I laughed’

Phil Jackson was probably as stunned as the rest of us when the Los Angeles Lakers decided to go with Mike D’Antoni rather than bringing him back as their heard coach, whether he is willing to admit that or not. You would think a guy who has won five championships with a franchise would be able to return to the bench anytime he wanted, but that was not the case. However, LA’s...

Phil Jackson goes on ‘The Daily Show’

Phil Jackson talked with John Stewart during his visit to The Daily Show on Tuesday night. The two discussed Eleven Rings, Jackson’s book, coaching Kobe and Shaq on the Lakers, Jeanie Buss, and Stewart’s New York Knicks. Anyone else get the feeling Jackson’s itching to get back to coaching?

Jackson: I 'laughed' at Mike D'Antoni hiring

As Phil Jackson makes his rounds to promote his new book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," he's made sure to leave no stone unturned. First he set off the age-old Jordan vs. Kobe debate after writing that Michael Jordan was far tougher and more charismatic than Kobe Bryant. Jackson later went on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to talk KobeMJ, his future, Mike D...

Phil Jackson on coaching Shaq and Kobe: ‘Hardest challenge’ in 20 years

It is amazing how little Phil Jackson revealed throughout his twenty years of coaching. Once in awhile, there would be a snippet here and there in the media of the legendary coach trying to antagonize the refs, or prod one of his star players, but rarely did he admit to the difficulties of all the personalities he had to deal with, especially Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. But...

Phil Jackson laughed when he found out the Lakers chose Mike D’Antoni to coach the team

When the Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown in November, several replacement names started popping up.  Of course, every Lakers fan wanted Phil Jackson to return.  Then came [...]

Phil Jackson would take Bill Russell over Michael Jordan

Phil Jackson, while not actively in the NBA, hasn't really left the news since he retired. He's recently been appearing in headlines talking about coaching offers, the Lakers and his new book eleven rings. Recently, Jackson was interviewed by TIME and asked who he would chose to start a team with. Phil Jackson would take Bill Russell, not Michael Jordan, as first player...

Top 5 Good and Bad Reasons to Declare Jordan Better than Kobe

Phil Jackson has grabbed headlines recently for his latest memoir, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” In the book, Jackson finally compares the careers of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and definitively identifies Jordan as the better player. My first thought when I heard that headline? It’s nice to know that Phil agrees with what most objective observers already knew...

Dwight Howard could be looking to get another coach fired

Dwight Howard isn’t the only one questioning Mike D’Antoni. It started the moment they overlooked Phil Jackson. Fans, radio personalities, and now even Dwight Howard can’t make sense of D’Antoni’s system and the lack of player the Los Angeles Lakers have to run it. In retrospect the Lakers made a mistake when they brought in Mike D’Antoni. They should have either let...

Phil Jackson Laughed When Lakers Told him They Hired D’Antoni

  It seems like every time I turn around these days, Phil Jackson is revealing some new and interesting tidbit. According to a story via Arash Markazi of ESPN, Jackson told radio hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, of his reaction upon hearing that the Los Angeles Lakers chose to hire Mike D’Antoni for their vacant head coaching position over him. “I laughed,” Jackson told...

Phil Jackson Thinks Dwight Howard may Leave Lakers Because of D’Antoni

    There’s a prevailing sentiment out there, that Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers simply because they’re the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil Jackson isn’t certain that will be the case when Howard finally makes a decision on his future. According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, when asked if Howard should return to the organization, Jackson didn’t...

Phil: I would take Russell before MJ

At this point you have to ask what won't Phil Jackson say. The former Bulls and Lakers coach made headlines earlier this month for saying that Michael Jordan was superior to Kobe Bryant . Kobe shared his opinion of the comparison. The comparisons are #apples2oranges Wonder what the perception would be if M played wit @ shaq instead #differentroles #differentcareerpaths ...
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