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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 4:10 pm  |  34 responses

Magic Johnson is ‘Mourning’ the Lakers’ Decision Not to Hire Phil Jackson


Most Laker fans are still upset about the team’s decision to hire Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson — and will likely remain that way unless D’Antoni wins an NBA title with this team — but we don’t think anyone died as a result. According to Magic Johnson, he’s been in “mourning” ever since Pringles got the job. From Magic’s Twitter: “The reason I haven’t tweeted in 2 days is because I’ve been mourning Phil Jackson not being hired as the Lakers head coach. My mother always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

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  • LakeShow

    Common Magic.
    Phil is great. Matter a fact he’s the best.
    BUT, it’s time for new blood. Phil while being the most successful coach, and bringing 5 titles to LA is the obvious best choice for the job, but looked what happened instead. You get Steve Nash’s MVP years coach, with Dwight Howard, on a team with KB on the wing, Artest on the swing, and Pau playing opposite block to Dwight.
    It’s gunna be alright!
    No need to mourn!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Here’s a bridge, now get over it.

  • roscoe

    I guess Magic felt left out of the LAL drama & decided to step in a steaming pile of it. wtg!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    magic should be running this franchise and not the Dodgers! jay brodes out!

  • i AN LEGEND

    Whatever, Magic.

  • Chukaz

    I wonder if D’Antoni already started planning on what he’ll do with the free money he’ll get from the lakers once he’s fired. Magic wasn’t down with Mike Brown, he got fired a year later. Now Magic’s not down with the D’Antoni hire so pringles is on his way out already. Why didn’t we hire Adeleman when we had the chance? You know why Phil didn’t get the job? He’s been sticking it to Jim’s sister for like a decade now and still no ring (engagement ring, that is. Phil’s brought mad rings to this franchise). In Jim’s eyes the man who’s been nailing his sister regularly for a decade with no marriage in sight wants you to pay him 4-5 million yearly, give him an ownership stake, give him some power over personnel decision AND he’s still gonna keep doing his sister, who 16 years younger than Phil. The pedophile who defiled his baby sister wants him to relinquish some of his power, give him ownership stake, and pay him boatloads of money, and he’s not gonna stop nailing his sister? What does Jim get in return? NOTHING!!!! At least he knows that Pringles isn’t gonna get it on with his sister, cuz have you seen his mustache? He’s obviously into dudes…

  • Stephen A. Smith

    So is the rest of Laker Nation.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    at one point, Phil Jackson had no titles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Yeah. Before he coached. Dumb ass. Oh wait. He had one before he coached. As a player. Whaddya know. Think b4 you speak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Magic, like most of us with basketball knowledge, are aware that Jim Buss just awarded the Clipper the title of best in LA.

  • i AN LEGEND

    Whoa dere.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL! You are going to really call me a dumbass because i said at one point he had no titles…..which is true.
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    and speaking of dumbasses, Phil Jackson actually got 2 rings as a player. tell me Evan, how much did Phil Jackson play on each title team in New York? Do you have any idea?
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    And he went one season as a coach, 1989-90, and didn’t win a title. The point was, you can’t be the best without starting from scratch. Which again, is true.
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    Dumbass.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    What you did there. I see it

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    On an unrelated note, Pat Riley kinda lucked into his job with the Showtime Lakers when what’s his name head coach got hurt and Riley was an assistant when Magic was drafted. Wasn’t like he was hired for the job.

  • shockexchange

    Actually the head Coach, Paul Westhead was fired. Rumor has it, some punk kid (who shall remain nameless) cried to management and stabbed him in the back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    I said he had before he coached. I know exactly how many titles the man had, and the fact that we injured for one of the runs. The funny thing is you people pretend to understand the game and cite Mike as better “fit” than Phil. Are you trying to say Phil is so one-dimensional that he could not utilize Steve Nash? Each of his three Triangles were very different, Jordan led, Shaq led and Kobe led. And the even funnier thing is that all the fools are citing his experience with Nash as an example of why he’s a better fit. NASH ISN’T EVEN PLAYING. HE’S 39 YEARS OLD. That’s who were basing our coaching hire on? Rather than Kobe, Gasol and Dwight? Never mind the fact that the GOAT is 100 times the coach Mike could ever imagine being.

  • The Seed

    I am upset too, Magic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Shock I could be wrong but I remember Paul Westhead was the head coach and broke his leg during the off-season right before the season started. Pat Riley happened to the be the assistant at the time and I believe he got into coaching after hanging around the organization doing media jobs and not knowing what else to do with his life. So he started with Magic and they traded for Kareem and went on a tear to start the season. Westhead recovered and wanted his old job back but Dr. Buss saw that the team was doing so well with Riley and didn’t want to mess it up. So he dismissed him but got him a makeup job with Dallas IIRC. Not sure what Magic’s role in all this was.

  • shockexchange

    Dr. Buss dismissed Westhead but it wasn’t due to a broken leg. Westhead was denied his righful place in history. You obviously haven’t read my book http://www.clicky.me/coverart .

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Who was later renamed Tragic

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Nah I remember reading that magic pushed him out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    we get it, you are a butthurt Lakers fan who is angry because he know has an excuse for why the Lakers don’t win the title. Y’all are so upset about Mike coaching that if he does succeed you are going to be stuck bragging about a situation you didn’t think would work, just like all the other Laker fans here, except Lakeshow…who for once, has a completely reasonable opinion of the Lakers situation.

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    The fact that you think Phil Jackson would have been better for the Lakers is fine. It really is. But it isn’t something that is undeniably true. And it sure isn’t something that you need to go get so worked up about. The Lakers will still be a title contender, no matter who their coach is. And history says, Phil Jackson has as much of a chance winning a title as D’Antoni does in his first try with a team. have you thought about that? — or the fact the Jackson would have coached for a maximum of 3 years. Providing a very short window to win a title before the Lakers have to press reset again. — Plus, the issue isn’t with Jackson’s ability to adapt to his team, its about the players ability to adapt to Jackson. the guy has more titles than anyone, granted, but he hasn’t done it without an extremely talented team, just like any other coach of all-time. So be angry all you want, but this isn’t the end of the world for Lakers fans.

    titles as a player are irrelevant. You know, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kurt Rambis, Don Nelson, etc. btw

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Bazinga! U got him lol

  • mhm

    FINALLY! SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS!

  • mhm

    I agree at this point Clips beating anybody there way…. up on da heat right now

  • mhm

    Hasn’t coached a single game yet everyone going crazy. smh

  • mhm

    what’s your point?

  • bringbackthesonics

    i wonder if his frown is as big as his smile

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    bazinga!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    lot of pressure on d’antoni, it’s championship or bust damn

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    have you at least considered the strengths/weaknesses of each coach? Or the long term plan in place? — Or the complexities of the triangles, and the players you are asking to become the main pieces in it, in a very short time.

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    but like I said, I totally understand preferring Phil, and if I didn’t feel the same way as the Lakers front office there would be a logical argument. but there are just some aspects of Phil Jacksoon as a coach that i think would, at least, take a year to have success with the current roster.

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    First – The Triangle is a structured, complex offense. It takes time to learn. And it doesn’t promote the strengths of two players, just like the Princeton offense (Pau and Kobe work well in both sets, Nash and Dwight don’t). — Nash is not (contrary to popular belief) an elite spot up shooter. But he is still BY FAR the best shooter on the team worth playing in the triangle. — Metta World Piece will be inherently involved and given decision making responisbilities — Dwight had trouble with Stan Van Gundy’s offense because it didn’t feature him. How well do you think it will go over to introduce him to the most complex thing he’s ever encountered on a basketball court, tell him he is not featured, because the offense isn’t designed for that, all while he’s on an expiring contract?

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    Second – The Bench in LA is so thin it is going to die if it doesn’t get nutrition soon. And no coach handles a deathly thin bench better than Mike D’Antoni

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    Third – Mike D’Antoni is known to be an offensive genius because of how he can adapt an offense. His one criticism on that end of the ball (and rightly so) – he doesn’t know how to feature a scorer without a creator handling the ball. Or hasn’t shown that ability. — But he is not a robot and he will not be running the same SSOL that he ran in during the Steve Nash MVP years (for one he’s too old to be that relied upon and two they have too many advantages in the half court to go away from that completely). It will likely feature the offense Phoenix ran after the Shaq trade (which, in its short time, was still the most efficient offense in the NBA) with Shaq (Dwight) hovering around the rim and setting high PnR’s (he was doing that in Phoenix, Dwight will just do it more in LA), Stoudemire/Boris Diaw (Pau) playing the high post and also taking part in high PnR’s.

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    Lastly – Kobe will still get touches. He will still get isolation touches. And he endorsed this hiring. You think the Lakers would have fully moved on without talking to Phil about if he’s truly interested without Kobe endorsing D’Antoni? — And if you really are questioning whether or not Kobe will get his chances go back to those Phoenix teams and look at how many shots Shawn Marion got. Just by running the floor and cutting without the ball (Kobe is ELITE without the ball. idk why this isn’t discussed or utilized, but he is). Kobe will get a lot of the opportunities Marion got (oddly enough) plus he will get 5-8 isolation plays each game. He will be happy, and he won’t be as tired as you’d expect because he’d be playing a much less physical brand of basketball, even if he is playing 3-4 more minutes than he would with Phil.

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    The main argument i would provide in support of Jackson is his record after failing with a new lineup. In 90-91 he got a title in his second try. in LA in 99-00 it was technically his first try. But (mistake me if i’m wrong) Kurt Rambis took over the second half of 98-99 and began laying the groundwork for Phil to implement his full triangle. In 08-09 he won in his 2nd try after the addition of Pau and they had a legitimate contender. But how many years is his success worth? he can only coach a couple more seasons max, is one title worth starting over again in a couple years when you can win a few with D’Antoni and keep an established culture?
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    Not that I am completely right, or even completely convinced this will work, just too me, not being a dumbass, being logical and reasonable and weighing the two, i find more advantages to taking the chance with D’Antoni for a slightly longer period over the likely Advantage Phil Jackson would provide in his second season with the team. (i also heard that Phil Jackson asked for assurance that he could pick his replacement when he did retire. if that were the case, the reason he wasn’t hired makes even more sense to me).

  • Max

    What he did there, I can’t see it.

  • Max

    Wow

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    magics only keeping it real

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