Phil Jackson Was Not Part of Jerry Buss’ Final Plan for LA Lakers

March 15th, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

According to Frank Isola and Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks will hold a press conference next Tuesday to announce the hiring of Phil Jackson as the team’s new president of basketball operations—a position that will pay the legendary coach between $12 and $15 million per season.

Meanwhile, 2,800 miles away, fans of the floundering Los Angeles Lakers wax weary over how ownership—knowing Jackson was looking to get back into the basketball fold—never thought to make amends with the man as responsible as any other for five of the franchise’s 15 championship banners.

If recent revelations about the late Jerry Buss’ plan for his crossroads-straddled team are to be believed, it’s because Jackson was never part of the blueprint to begin with.

In a story published at on Friday, Ramona Shelburne suggests the elder Buss—who passed away a year ago February—wanted his two children, Jeannie and Jim, to forge a future where family blood bound the franchise beyond the basketball court:

If he’d wanted to involve Johnson or Wes ...

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