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Phil Jackson using Raptors as pawns to secure top job with Lakers?

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03:11 PM ET 05.21 | The Toronto Raptors thought they had a good thing going when NBA legend Phil Jackson was attached to their team, but it turns out they may have just been a pawn in Jackson's game to secure a top job with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the former Lakers coach apparently had little interest in the Raptors job and was "in no rush" to move into a position of power there. That's likely because Jackson is making a power play to move into a position of power with the Los Angeles Lakers and the parts are already moving in that direction. A lot of things need to happen before Jackson moves into power with the Lakers but Jim Buss must realize that the team is falling apart and having a figure like Jackson running the team and luring players in is good for business. It's all a matter of ego and if it will stand in the way of the baton being passed from brother to sister to Phil Jackson.

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May 21, 2013  10:41 PM ET

Phil's not coming back people. It's just not going to happen.

May 21, 2013  10:42 PM ET

I guess we'll know Phil's intentions when his next book comes out.

May 22, 2013  12:19 AM ET

Only way for Phil to get the top job in LA is for kupcake to be fired.

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May 22, 2013  05:27 AM ET

It really is time for Phil to take the role of a couple of other great Lakers coaches: Phenomenal GM. I don't think I need to tell you who the others were.

May 22, 2013  05:28 AM ET
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It really is time for Phil to take the role of a couple of other great Lakers coaches: Phenomenal GM. I don't think I need to tell you who the others were.

Unfortunately, one of those became a great GM with another team.

May 22, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Dude..PJ doesnt need to play games to get another coaching job..nonsense

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May 22, 2013  02:03 PM ET
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We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !! We want Phil !!

Yep, but he won't come as a coach. Ideally he would sit on the table with Mitch and Jimmy. But......good luck with that because Jimmy......

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