Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  7 responses

Doc Rivers Says the Lakers Embarrassed Phil Jackson

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers didn’t like the way the whole Phil Jackson/Mike D’Antoni saga ended in Los Angeles, and he blasted the Lakers for their treatment of the Zen Master. Per the LA Times (via Mad Dog Radio): “I didn’t like the way it was done,’ said Rivers. ‘I don’t think you embarrass anybody.’ After relieving Mike Brown of his coaching duties, the Lakers had initial talks with Jackson. While the team’s former coach (and 11-time NBA champion) was mulling over the possibilities, the Lakers instead hired Mike D’Antoni for the job. ‘Whether you like Phil or not, he’s won a lot of titles and I think he was owed more than that treatment, in my opinion, especially [from] that franchise,’ continued Rivers. [...] The Lakers play the Celtics twice in February, starting on the 7th in Boston. Jackson and Rivers met twice in the NBA Finals, both taking home a title. ‘I thought they could have handled that better,’ said Rivers. ‘At the end of the day, I think they got their man [in D'Antoni].’”

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  • http://twitter.com/bdouble25 B-DOUBLE!!!!!

    You just don’t disrespect a man like Phil Jackson like that. The Lakers should’ve known what direction they were going in even before courting Phil.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    This is gonna come back to bite the Lakers in the a** if and when D-Antoni gets the axe and they’re scrambling for a new coach. There are only a handful of elite coaches out there and PJax is arguable the best available one out there.

  • pposse

    the final slap in the face was when the lakers announcers explained how D’Antoni was sitting on Phil Jackson’s high chair at the beginning of the game. They could have easily left that out of the commentary, but one of those guys seemed to make it a point to bring up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    They teased him!

  • Yknot

    It just goes to show firing Brown was a knee jerk reaction, and an ample search for a new head coach hadn’t taken effect.

  • 23

    When it comes to Kobe, there is no argument on who the best coach for his team would be.

  • roscoe

    Has everyone forgot that pjax thrust himself into the equation at the beginning of the season disrespecting mbrown by stating what the LAL needed to do to succeed.

    what goes around, comes around pjax. next time you play dirty don’t whine when u get burned.