Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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 to return to the Lakers on Monday morning if an agreement could be reached between his agent and the team, a source told ESPN. But Jackson said Kupchak called him around midnight on Sunday and told him the Lakers had signed Mike D'Antoni to a three-year agreement and "they felt (D'Antoni) was the best coach for the team." "The decision is of course theirs to make," Jackson said in a statement. "I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker Fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility." Jackson told ESPN.com he never discussed contract terms in his Saturd...
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  • Jackson didn't want it that bad, and that is a reason enough to pass him over.
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