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Although it was reported earlier by NBATV’s Greg Anthony that Phil Jackson is joining the New York Knicks, the deal with the Knicks is apparently not done yet.

In the meantime, according to USA TODAY Sports, some powerful members of the Lakers‘ family have been working to sway Jackson back to Los Angeles:

Although a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Jackson has an agreement in principle to become the Knicks’ team president, some of the most powerful men in Laker Land spent much of Wednesday attempting to pull off the seemingly-impossible: come hell or high water, as Lakers star Kobe Bryant likes to say, they want Jackson back. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet done.

Earlier Wednesday, Kobe Bryant shared his admiration for his old coach.

“Well, I mean you know how I feel about Phil,” Bryant said. “I have so much admiration for him and respect, and have a great relationship with him, so personally it would be hard for me to understand that [losing out on Jackson’s services] happening twice. It would be tough. I don’t really get it.”

Magic Johnson also did his part Wednesday in showing his respect for the eleven-time champion coach.

Stay tuned to for the latest on what has now become an ongoing ‘saga’ in Phil Jackson returning to the NBA.

  • Bob Lyle

    Right now (and former Knick) Greg Anthony’s ‘credibility’ as a news reporter is on the ice.

    • Pope Chuck Paul

      yea man if Phil doesnt sign greg anthony gonna be looking like chris brousard lol

      • Ralph Rivera

        Yea go after phil class act

  • Jiffy

    Greg Anthony and NBA TV have a whole lot riding on the Phil Jackson decision.If Phil decides to not sign with New York then Greg Anthony should be fired.Comeback to the Lakers Phil!

  • MJ

    Lakers don’t deserve to have Phil Jackson back. — Not the way they played during his final game in the NBA and for the way they treated him when they tried to get him back the last time but chose D’Antoni instead.

  • sofenza

    Lakers don’t are entitled to to have Phil Fitzgibbons returning. — Not the way they performed during his last activity in the NBA and for the way they handled him when they tried to get him returning the before but select D’Antoni instead.

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