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Fox Sports West:
The Lakers are moving quickly toward hiring Phil Jackson as their next coach, with one person in the organization calling it a "95" chance he will return for a third tour with the team.
The Lakers plan on meeting with Jackson on Saturday morning to make sure he is interested in the job. The unknown 5 in their equation is the chance Jackson doesn't want to fill the vacancy created by the Friday firing of Mike Brown, either because of health reasons or other unknown issues.
The team realized a slew of things stemming from the 101-77 Lakers' victory Friday over Golden State, primarily that the players wanted Jackson and fans wanted him too, in case their second-half chants of his name weren't enough of a tipoff.
Ultimately, Lakers management wants Jackson too. It's just a matter of where Jackson stands right now. People who have spoken with him in recent weeks say he enjoys his life away from the game but is also intrigued by the Lakers' roster and the opportunity to return to the only franchise he has known since 1999.
Jackson left the Lakers after the 2010-11 season, and at least one prominent player said he wanted a chance at redemption on Jackson's behalf.
"The one thing that's kind of always bothered me is that in his last year I wasn't able to give him my normal self," Kobe Bryant said Friday night. "I was playing on one leg and that's kind of always eaten away at me. The last year of his career I wasn't able to give him all I had.
"He's too great of a coach to have it go out that way. That's my personal sentiment. I took it to heart because I couldn't give it everything I had because I physically couldn't. My knee was shot. That's always bothered me."
Bryant's right knee affected him toward the end of that season, which ended with the Lakers being swept by Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals. Bryant ended up undergoing a cutting-edge procedure on his knee in Germany later that summer.
Lakers center Dwight Howard said he would also be fine playing for Jackson.
"I think it would be great," Howard told The Times. "He's a guy I could learn a lot from. But until he comes, we have to put all of our faith into Bernie" Bickerstaff, the Lakers' interim coach.
Former New York Knicks Coach Mike D'Antoni is a candidate for the job if Jackson turns it down.
The Lakers (2-4) play Sacramento on Sunday at Staples Center.
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If you’re into conspiracy theories, you’d have to believe that the Lakers had reached out to Phil BEFORE they fired Mike Brown Friday morning. In any case, Yahoo is reporting that the Zen Master is back for his third go round with the Lakers. Jim Clemmons and Kurt Rambis are said to be joining [...]
So much for Phil Jackson. We East Coast basketball fans woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise – the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni as head coach. We weren’t the only ones caught off guard. Phil Jackson is reportedly stunned.
The hiring isn’t going over well in LA. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times:
Mike D’Antoni is a great guy and a charismatic presence. If they add some...
Sources said that the Lakers ultimately believed that Mike D'Antoni was a better fit for its current roster than Phil Jackson.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. It is easy to paint the firing of Mike Brown just five games into the second season of a four-year, 18 million contract as an overreaction of Steinbrenner-like proportions.
The firing of Brown was simply an acknowledgement by Jim Buss, the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, that he never should have hired Brown in the first place.
Read into the Princeton...
Tweet Reports are pointing to the Los Angeles Lakers bringing back Phil Jackson, saying there is a 95% chance Jackson will return for his third stint as their head coach. The Lakers coaching vacancy was created when the team fired Mike Brown after a disappointing 1-4 record to begin the season. Jackson led the Lakers [...]
LOS ANGELES -- The L.A. Times is reporting that former Lakers' coach Phil Jackson met with team management Saturday, and is reportedly ready to take over the team for a third stint following Friday's unexpected dismissal of Mike Brown. However, a source close to the Lakers tells FoxSportsWest.com that while Jackson is definitely at the top of the list, there is no guarantee...
. Ok, not breaking news any more re. Mike Brown being fired, and I guess it's no surprise that the rumor mill is firing up massively as to who will be his replacement. ESPN reports that Phil Jackson is open to a return to the NBA,
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told reporters Friday afternoon that the team's brain trust -- Kupchak along with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry...
Tweet After flirting with the prospect of bringing back Phil Jackson for much of the weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown as their next head coach. The hiring was first reported by the LA Times. Per the report, D’Antoni signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Lakers. [...]
The Lakers hire Mike D’Antoni as their new head coach.
In an unexpected twist, ESPNLA.com is reporting the Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni, not Phil Jackson, to be their next head coach.
From all accounts Phil was just “asking for the moon” and the Lakers were unable to come to an agreement with him.
For the complete story, check it out at ESPNLA.com.
Lenny Wilkens on Fox Sports Tonight talking about the firing of Mike Brown, where the Lakers stand, and the speculation of Phil Jackson coming back.
Like just about everybody else, Gary Payton believes Phil Jackson would be the best fit for the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching job.
But the future Hall of Famer doesn't see Jackson wanting to come back.
"Because he'd be going back into a situation where they blasted him when he left," Payton said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida, referring to Jackson...
After starting the season with one win out of their first five games the Los Angeles Lakers have decided it was time to move on from the Mike Brown era according to Yahoo! Sports.
This morning coach Brown was removed from a meeting and informed that he was relieved of his duties.
The Lakers this season were implementing a new offensive system that was partially to blame for their...