Friday, May 17, 2013

Phil Jackson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 5/16/2013



Phil Jackson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night to promote his latest book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success". 

Leno wasted no time addressing what every Laker fan still wants to know - Why D'Antoni and not him?

Phil summarized the episode by saying (and I paraphrase) that he was asked by now fiancee Jeanie Buss to talk to her brother Jim about possibly coaching the Lakers again and he said okay. Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak then show up to Phil's house that night and had an hour and a half discussion (Phil skipped the details of that convo).

Phil then told Jim and Mitch that he would have an answer for them by the following Monday. That Sunday night at midnight Mitch called Phil to tell him that they've hired former New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni because they felt he was a better fit for the team.

Bad decision Mitch. Nash, yes. Howard, yes. Choosing D'Antoni over PJ because of your boss's personal vendetta against him? D'oh!

Phil also addressed why D'Antoni wasn't the better fit after all and talked about his Kobe/Jordan comparison from the book.   

Video link provided by site contributor Loit Kaskla

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