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Phil Jackson

Lakers Coaching Job Was

Decided in 'Midnight Coup'

11/26/2012 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Phil Jackson says he's NOT bitter at the Lakers for passing him over for the head coaching job earlier this month ... claiming Lakers brass decided to go with Mike D'Antoni in a "midnight coup."

The Zen Master was out in Santa Barbara this weekend ... when he was asked if he felt the Lakers treated him unfairly during the negotiations. Jackson explained, "We never discussed any terms ... so there was never anything unfair about it."

Phil -- now 67-years-old -- also made it clear ... the chances of him ever coaching in the NBA again are "slim and none."

Still, Jackson had some advice for the Lakers ... and for Kobe Bryant.

They should probably listen.

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1.

Abe    

Maybe Phil Jackson was like the Bakers Union. Maybe he got greedy and asked for too much. Maybe he should have been reasonable and he would have gotten the job.

642 days ago
2.

hi    

Stay retired Phil

642 days ago
3.

gutsygirl    

Shut up and let the Coach talk. Geeshhhhhhh!

642 days ago
4.

STFUP    

So..... why no big story on the HUGE flop Lindsay's "Liz Sucks Dick" movie was?
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The reviews are universally bad - with Lindsay being called "unbelievable" as Liz and many reviews calling her so-called 'performance' downright "laughable".
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This was NOT her comeback. There will be NO comeback. Send her to jail for her probation violation. She needs to be slapped in the face by reality - hard.

642 days ago
5.

dd    

Come on Phil bitterness does not suit you, you are the one that retired, leave it at that.

642 days ago
6.

BECKER    

FUK PHIL HE IS A GRUMPY OLD PAIN IN THE A$$ ASS THE GAME HAS MOVED ON AND HE IS A DINOSAUR

642 days ago
7.

Ben    

Phil Jackson worth millions Don't feel sorry for him He so Bored with his life he wanted to coach Off to the sunset

642 days ago
8.

SchoolTheRookies    

I was skeptical at first about this but rotoworld dismissed my "its never gonna happen" feeling about phil being the coach of the lakers again. Then after hearing his demands, I realized the Lakers front office had to be full circle business fools to let this man coach there team. I want any of you to go on a job interview, demand top dollar and then say that you'll show up to work whenever you feel like it because you're too old, and don't feel like traveling (apart of the job). Any employer would laugh right in your face and say NEXT! Imagine a coach disappear every road game and expect his asst coaches to pick up the slack on TV. It would make the Lakers look foolish so im happy they didn't go through with the deal. It would have been a bad idea like getting Dwight Howard was. He doesnt fit the team and frankly he looks miserable there.

642 days ago
9.

HRH Prince Michael    

Firstly, I've never been a fan of the Thug-fest known as the NBA.


Still, I'm compelled to embellish Mr. Jackson's
statement - on a totally unrelated matter: A Twelve O' Clock Coup. Suffice to say, for now:
Hebrews Twelve;28-29 is HERE,
Daniel Twelve;1 is HERE,
Proverbs Twelve;7 is NOW,
Zechariah Twelve;8 is NOW,
St. Mark Twelve;36 is NOW,
Psalm 2;012 is NOW:
The Most Blessed Christ King Yeshua reigns!
ALL, for The Greater Glory of The True and Living Yahweh!

642 days ago
10.

anony    

Phil is already the coach with the most championships.
He doesn't need coaching.
He needs to rest his hips and other old creaky bones.

642 days ago
11.

TheOtherSpin.com    

So the Lakers screwed over Phil Jackson? I'm not buying it. It just doesn't add up..... TheOtherSpin.com

641 days ago
12.

NOT ELMO    

Again, Who did you Vote for ?....

641 days ago
13.

Jay W.     

Phil Jackson was a success because the Teams he coached always had the biggest stars with the greatest talent. The guy is overrated.

641 days ago
14.

Soamazing    

It is as it should be. Phil went all in while coaching basketball. His success at coaching basketball at its highest level, the NBA, got him numerous accolades. He did an exceptional job. The job is done. He is entitled to retire. Let him be. Live your life as you wish Phil! Thanks for the game memories!

641 days ago

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