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If not for the Heat's imposing presence, Phil might be Lakers coach now. He told @dpshow the prospect of losing ...
to the Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals was a factor in that two-day November stretch when he mulled replacing Mike Brown -- before the Lakers surprised Jackson by signing Mike D'Antoni before Jackson could decide.
"I felt like they (Kobe & Co.) were schooled well enough in the offensive system that I ran so that they could really play, step right in and play. And I felt it would be pretty easy for Nash and for Howard to learn the system. It's an easy system to learn. But I never had a feeling like, 'This is the right thing to do. It must be done.'
"And I told Jeanie at one point when I went in to talk to her about it, 'I think maybe we can get out of the Western Conference; we're a good enough team. That's a talented enough team. But boy, I'd sure hate to lose in the Finals again. That's something I have to start thinking about -- how one has to beat Miami.' "
In response to Dan Patrick's direct question, "Were out offered the Lakers' job?" Jackson said: "That would be yes to the question, because it was proposed to me without any hesitation. But I was not being sold on the job. They wanted to hear me out; I wanted to hear them out as to why they were doing what they were doing and what their rationale was. I felt there wasn't a whole lot of subterfuge, any acting or any kind of pretense behind it, so I felt they were pretty honest with me."
Jackson said he didn't think D'Antoni would be hired given he'd just had knee-replacement surgery. Here's my OC Register column from November detailing how jilting Jackson went down (free): http://www.ocregister.com/articles/jackson-377573-lakers-buss.html
Here's some video of Jackson in studio on "The Dan Patrick Show" this morning, the day his book "Eleven Rings" comes out:
Here's my column today breaking down Jackson's new book for Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1646622-in-depth-breakdown-of-phil-jacksons-new-book-eleven-rings-the-soul-of-success