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Phil Jackson 'Stunned' By Lakers' Decision To Hire D'Antoni

Phil Jackson was 'stunned' by the Los Angeles Lakers' sudden decision to hire Mike D'Antoni.

Jackson had been under the impression that the job would be his to accept or turn down, but no formal offer had been made.

Sources said that the Lakers ultimately believed that D'Antoni was a better fit for its current roster, especially Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

Lakers spokesman John Black said team owner Jerry Buss, executive vice president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak were "unanimous that D'Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time."

Jackson and the Lakers had never spoken about a salary, the source said, "but he knew coaches don't make what he used to make anymore." 

Reports indicated that Jackson sought more input over basketball decisions and possibly an ownership stake.

Via Ramona Shelburne, Chris Broussard/ESPN
 

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