It’s still shocking.
A coach who was one 11 championships, five with the Lakers organization, asks Mitch Kupchak and Jimmy Buss to give him the weekend to decide if he wants to come back. They then call him Sunday at midnight to wake him up out of a sleep and say “We have hired Mike D’Antoni”.
“Because we think he is the best coach for this group of players.” Kupchak said.
You got to be kidding me right?
Well, we all know how that turned out. The Lakers had arguably their most embarrassing season in franchise history.
Phil Jackson finally opened up on Thursday night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. While we have all heard the story, it is still shocking to hear Jackson tell it.
He also confirmed that Jeanie Buss was mad for two months after her brother (Jim Buss) decided to go with D’Antoni over Jackson.
You can make an argument that the majority of Laker Nation is still mad. (ie. The “We Want Phil” chants all season long)