The Los Angeles Lakers fans and everyone else along the way were absolutely shocked very early on Monday morning, when Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times reported that Mike D’Antoni – not Phil Jackson – would become the next head coach of Kobe Bryant and company.
So what exactly happened?
It was reported over the weekend that the Zen master and the Lakers met to discuss the coach’s possible return to the team after the firing of Mike Brown. The fact that Jackson was even available made it seem inevitable that he would be back for an unlikely third run at another championship with the Lakers. In fact, Jackson himself has stated that he was prepared to take the job if negotiations went well between his agent and the team.
Perhaps that’s where things went down hill. Reports surfaced that Jackson simply demanded too much in an attempt to humiliate Buss – that the coach overplayed his hand.