Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/13/12
VENICE, CAIf youre a Laker fan and still believe in Phil Jackson and what he has to say, youre not going to be very happy about his evaluation of the Purple and Golds championship potential. As he and his girlfriendLaker Vice President Jeanie Busswere stepping into a Venice restaurant Wednesday night, an ever-present TMZ camera crew was on site for a quick one-on-one with the 11-time NBA championship coach. The reporter asked Jax if hed go back to the Lakers right now if they offered you the gig? Jackson responded with a half-laughing but fully drawn-out Noooo. Theyll get it going. When asked if he really believed the Lakers would turn it around, he responded with a serious yes. Then came the part that might trouble you a little if you still believe the Lakers can contend for a title this season. Reporter: You think a championship? Jackson: Nah. I dont know about that. Ouch. Jackson coached the Lakers to five NBA titles in 11years, including a three-peat in 2000, 2001 and 20...
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  • I don't blame the Zen Master (Phil Jackson) for not wanting, or ever wanting to return to the Lakers as head coach; especially, in the fashion that Jim Buss deceived him (giving him the false sense of hope) that he was to have the coaching job if he agreed to take it. At this point, I don't think the Lakers even have a slight chance of making it to the play-offs under coach D'Antoni's system (run-n-gun). Just look at them now, pathetic! And all you hear from D'Antoni now is "just wait until Steve (Steve Nash) gets back, he'll get the offense rolling." Does he really think that the Lakers' fate lies in the hands of Steve Nash? Let's face it, he's not the same player he was prior to 2006 - he's getting old, and so are most of the starting Lakers. Also, what about the Lakers defense???. Coach D'Antoni is simply not the right person to coach the Lakers. I really agree with Magic Johnson,in his previous interview, saying that the decision of choosing the Lakers coach should have been decided by someone other than Jim Buss who knows basketball. Oh well, all I know at this point is there are thousands of disappointed LA Laker fans (including myself) not seeing a speck of light at the end of this dark tunnel. Perhaps, the Lakers would be better off by having Bernie Bickerstaff as their head coach. At least he has a clue as to what direction the Lakers should be heading. Bernie really knows how to preach old fashion "fundamental" basketball, and that's the style of coaching the Lakers need at this point, if they want to "seriously" make it to the promise land. At this point the Lakers are like a bad joke, with nobody laughing.

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