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Jackson Thought He Had Until Monday To Give Decision To Lakers

Phil Jackson was called late Sunday night by Los Angeles Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak to be informed that the team had reached agreement with Mike D'Antoni.

Jackson was 'stunned' by the call, as he left a Saturday meeting understanding "that (he) would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with (his) decision."

Jackson was preparing to return to the Lakers on Monday morning if negotiations went well.

"Phil is someone who brought nothing but trophies to their bookcase and value to the franchise," agent Todd Musburger said. "He deserved to be dealt with honestly.

"He didn't deserve the job, that's their decision. They can hire whoever they wish. But don't say to someone you've got until Monday and then roust him from slumber at midnight to say, 'By the way we hired somebody else.' That's just not fair dealing and Phil deserved fair dealing. He's a good faith person and he was dealt with poorly. It is indicative of the shabby way that organization is being run."

Via Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin/ESPN
 

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