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On Sunday night it seemed sure that Phil Jackson would return to coach the Lakers.
The 11-time champion seemingly could not pass up the opportunity to coach a superstar-laden team with his familiar charges of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol along with newly acquired center Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. A chance for a championship seemed gifted to him if he could only give it that last push as he had done so many times before.
Things have changed though since Jackson last coached. He has had hip surgery and it is more difficult for him to get around. The question if Jackson coaches again is whether there will be conditions to it that will change his relationship with the team.
Those questions may have had something to do with the Lakers deciding to go with Mike D'Antoni (recovering from knee replacement surgery himself). Monday morning was a shock to everyone when the world woke up to the news that D'Antoni was the new coach of the Lakers. Most of all D'Antoni himse...
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Leaving Hall of Famer Phil Jackson “stunned,” Los Angeles Lakers’ suits unanimously chose offensive wizard Mike D’Antoni to become the organization’s next head coach over the “Zen Master” earlier today. The 61-year-old D’Antoni, who was last employed by the New … Continue reading →
Phil Jackson is proclaiming that the Los Angeles Lakers LIED to him during negotiations, which if successful would had brought back the former Lakers coach back to the bright lights of Los Angeles, as he's saying that the Lakers not only lied to him but also to the press, and to the fans.Jackson, according to Yahoo Sports, would have been given until Monday night, by the L...
Phil Jackson was woken up at midnight to news that he would not be the Los Angeles Lakers’ next head coach.
The news that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni came as a surprise to Jackson. In a released statement, Jackson said that he and the team had an agreement that he would make his final decision on Monday about whether or not he would come back to Los Angeles as head coach...
Phil Jackson said he left his Saturday meeting with Lakers manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president Jim Buss believing the Lakers' job was his if he wanted it, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Monday. Jackson said he left with a hand shake and understanding "that (he) would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with (his) decision." Jackson was set...
Had the narrative been, “Lakers fire Mike Brown then hire D’Antoni,” then Laker fans would be absolutely thrilled to have D’Antoni. However, the Lakers went back to the well. They called the great Phil Jackson and he was interested. But the Lakers turned Jackson down! That shocking turn of events triggered an overreaction by fans and media.
Lakers opt for Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson as their next head coach
The Lakers had a decision to make, and they did.
By firing Mike Brown and hiring Mike D’Antoni — not Phil Jackson — the Los Angeles brass signaled loud and clear to their players that the team’s 1-4 start to the season was not acceptable, and that they were in for a change. What form that changes takes will now come into focus as D’Antoni prepares to join the team and introduce...
The Los Angeles Lakers ended their coaching search and hired former Knicks and Suns coach Mike D’Antoni. The speculation had been the Lakers first choice was Phil Jackson, but after he didn’t offer an initial yes, they went on to interview D’Antoni and Mike Dunleavy. Late Sunday evening, early Monday [...]
As you may figure, the folks over at Next Media Animation have put together another classic clip dealing with the Los Angeles Lakers hiring of new head coach Mike D'Antoni.The ire of their hatred was Lakers vice president Jim Buss who proclaimed in this clip as to be the reason why Phil Jackson isn't back in the city of Angels:
Let's review what we have seen in our latest episode of "As the Lakers Turn," the ever popular soap opera starring the Los Angeles Lakers. First we saw the team fire head coach Mike Brown on Friday, and it seemed to be a forgone conclusion Phil Jackson was going to be hired as the man in charge of leading them to the promised land. Then came Sunday night-Monday morning...
New Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said he will be a failure at the Staples Center if he doesn’t put his new team in the title hunt. "I'm going to do everything I can do to win a championship," D'Antoni told KSPN-AM 710 on Tuesday. "If we're not at least in the hunt, a serious hunt, then I've failed as a head coach. I'm comfortable...
Breaking News! The Los Angeles Lakers have hired former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to become new head coach in la-la land.
Everyone thought Phil Jackson would become the head coach once again, but Lakers owner Jerry Buss decided to go a different path.
Mike D'Antoni has signed a three year deal worth 12 million dollars and plus a team option in his fourth year.