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Buss 'stunned' Lakers passed on Jackson

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07:13 AM ET 09.23 | Still, the unfolding of it all seems hard to square. In Jeanie Buss' updated memoir "Laker Girl," written with former Times sportswriter Steve Springer and published by Triumph Books, she writes about the firing of Lakers Coach Mike Brown last November. ... "That Sunday night, just before he started preparing dinner, Phil put on his Lakers Hawaiian shirt, the one he had often worn during the season. It was clear to me he was getting mentally ready to return to his old job. Nothing was for sure, but things were moving in that direction. After we went to bed, the house phone rang at 11:30. I heard Phil pick it up and say, 'Okay, alright. Okay.' When he hung up, I asked him what that was about, and he said, 'Mitch called to tell me they've hired D'Antoni.' ... I was still trying to wake up. I was stunned."

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September 23, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Stunned? Really? There is so much that is confusing about this, where do I begin?

September 23, 2013  08:32 AM ET

This just proves her brother is just a business man. Certainly he was able to get ?'Antoni for a lot less money.

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September 23, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This just proves her brother is just a business man. Certainly he was able to get ?'Antoni for a lot less money.

A lot less but going nowhere w/ Dumbtonie. They were still paying Brown. That wasn't a bright move. It was an ego move and also a move to satisfy his superstar.

September 23, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Good morning, FN. The Curator is IN.

Slow threads today. Seems like some repeats from Red Hat. At any rate, NOT hiring Phil was a HUGE mistake; he would've whipped DHoward and Company back into the proper shape, and they would've been much more relevant contenders than with the hiring of D'Antoni. Like Doc Pepper said, it was an ego move and designed to satisfy Bryant, but not designed to win championships.

September 23, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Another repeat thread from this weekend ?

Come on interns

They just wanted to post a photo of Jeanie. I for one appreciate that.

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September 23, 2013  10:10 AM ET

I think it is "stunning" because PJ was contacted, and there were already rumors about what PJ wants and Lakers agreeing to give him more control over personnel. Overnight, decisions were changed and Dumb was hired, now THAT was the stunning part.
Had PJ been never approached simply Dumb was signed, it wouldn't have mattered at all.

September 23, 2013  10:11 AM ET

I Repeat. Your Bro Has To Go, Sis.

September 23, 2013  10:30 AM ET

If Jeanie and Jim are hating on each other. Christmas time at the Buss house is going to fun time.

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September 23, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Interesting that Jeannie still bringing this incident. Either she is pressuring her brother against the media and fans or she still bitter about the whole thing and can't let it go. Either way, she is definitely maneuvering her cards.

September 23, 2013  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Good morning, FN. The Curator is IN.Slow threads today. Seems like some repeats from Red Hat. At any rate, NOT hiring Phil was a HUGE mistake; he would've whipped DHoward and Company back into the proper shape, and they would've been much more relevant contenders than with the hiring of D'Antoni. Like Doc Pepper said, it was an ego move and designed to satisfy Bryant, but not designed to win championships.

How was this designed 2 satisfy Kobe? If u all remember, Kobe repeatidly asked PJ NOT 2 retire...smh

September 23, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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It was an ego move and also a move to satisfy his superstar.

Kobe didn't want PJ as coach?

September 23, 2013  12:53 PM ET
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Kobe didn't want PJ as coach?

Kobe for sure would pick PJ over any other coach. The issue was, he was not aware Jackson wanted to return. Damn, even PJ wasn't sure if he wanted the job in the first place. So Guam is just stirring the pot because his undeniable love for the Black Mamba. lol

September 23, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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Kobe didn't want PJ as coach?

Kobe wanted to win his way and he didn't want to be a part of Phil anymore. He thought that he could win w/ his Uncle Dumbtonie as coach. It was all about him controlling the team. It's Kobe's team and not Phil...

Jeannie Buss stirring up the pot again is a good thing and maybe somebody's idea about getting rid of Jimboy through votes would be a good thing...

September 23, 2013  02:37 PM ET
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I retract my original postMORE jeanie pics please interns

Interns, please use photo of Buss 10-5 yrs younger thank you!

September 23, 2013  02:38 PM ET
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I Repeat. Your Bro Has To Go, Sis.

AGREED BRO!

September 23, 2013  03:48 PM ET

Nothing like a good old family squabble???

 
September 23, 2013  04:35 PM ET
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Kobe wanted to win his way and he didn't want to be a part of Phil anymore.

Somehow, I doubt this is true.

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