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Jackson on Lakers call: 'Slimy,' 'weird'

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08:06 AM ET 11.13 | Before the decision had been made for him, Phil Jackson hadn't entirely warmed up to the idea of coaching the Lakers again. Nonetheless, he was surprised when they called him near midnight Sunday with news that Mike D'Antoni would be coach of the Lakers, not him. "I wish it would have been a little bit cleaner," a relaxed and chatty Jackson said in a phone interview Monday night with The Times. "It could have been much more circumspect and respectful of everybody that's involved. It seemed slimy to be awoken with this kind of news. It's just weird." ... [There] were drawbacks if he got the job, he reasoned. ... "I don't know if they have the mobility and agility to contend with the East. To call this a championship-bound team, that's a misnomer."

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November 13, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Let's see how this goes

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November 13, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Sour grapes, PJ?

November 13, 2012  08:31 AM ET
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I think if he had just given a direct "yes" or "no", Phil wouldve avoided the let down....

Exactly. And if the rumors are true, demanding an ownership interest and refusing to travel to certain road games didn't help his cause, either.

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November 13, 2012  08:51 AM ET

I agree with Phil. It is very weird to give the guy the impression he has the job and then pull the rug out. A suspicious person might think the Lakers never intended to give him the job.

November 13, 2012  08:52 AM ET

This is why I like the Zen Master!

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November 13, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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yeah... a sense of entitlement went a bit too far during his phone interview....

When you've coached UBER championships and you know they need you...I dont blame him. Phil will have the last laugh on this one...he's chillin somewhere fishing and getting high LOL

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November 13, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Jimmy Buss Sucks, Bro.

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November 13, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Everything Phil said is flat out, spot on, true.

They are not agile enough, nor deep enough to keep up with Miami and will not make it to the West Finals.

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