If the Lakers’ intention all along was to stick it to Phil Jackson, then they got their wish.
The team appeared to be courting Jackson exclusively over the weekend after the abrupt firing of coach Mike Brown on Friday, with all signs pointing to the club trying to bring back the coach who had won five championship in Los Angeles.
Jackson and Lakers management discussed the position, reportedly giving Jackson until Monday to make a choice. Jackson went to bed Sunday thinking the job was his to take or not — until suddenly, it wasn’t.
The Lakers called Jackson near midnight Sunday and told him they were hiring Mike D’Antoni as their new coach, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. And as much as the decision surprised Jackson, what’s sitting even worse with him is how it all went down.
“I wish it would have been a bit cleaner,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times on Monday night. “It would have been much more circumspect and respectful of everybody that’s involved. It s...