Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/9/12
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 leaving the Lakers in 2011 and being replaced by Mike Brown, who was fired Friday. "You heard all that stuff (from the Lakers) when he left that they didn't want to hire anybody affiliated with Phil Jackson's system (the triangle offense). That's why they didn't hire (then-Lakers assistant Brian Shaw). They fired everybody that was affiliated with Phil." Payton, a point guard who spent his final two seasons with Miami before retiring in 2007, played for Jackson on the Lakers in 2003-04. Jackson, who won titles with the Lakers in 2000, 2001 and 2002, left the team after that season before returning a year later and eventuall...
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