Originally written November 13, 2012 on The Juicy Online:
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.A. Lakers, to decide whether or not to move forward in negotiations.Saturday morning, Jackson received a call from Lakers owner Jerry Buss asking to visit him. "I didn't solicit or ask for the opportunity but I welcomed both him and (team executive) Mitch Kupchak into my house to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as head coach." Jackson said.Jackson goes on to say that they talked for an hour, but no contract terms were brought up. They ended the meeting with a handshake and an understanding that Jackson would have until Monday night to make a decision on whether to end the contract talks or move forward with negotiations. On Sunday, however, Jackson received a phone call at around midnight where he was told the news that Mike D'Antoni had been given a 3-year deal from the Lakers to become their new head coach. Kupchak, who made the call, said that D'Antoni was the best coach for the team. "The decision is of course there's to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Lakers fans who encouraged my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility," Jackson said.   Sources are claiming that the REAL reason why Phil Jackson wasn't re-hired by the Los Angeles Lakers was because Jackson wanted FULL CONTROL of the team. Besides Jerry Buss (the owner) giving his stamp of approval on certain matters, Jackson wanted to make most of the decision inside the L.A. Lakers, something that didn't sit too well with most executives. Also, he wanted to be paid top money, in the sum of $10 million a year by the Lakers, also something the Lakers didn't want to do given that they didn't know how long he was going to stay around with the Lakers, in his third stint. 
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