Originally Posted by swi7ch
It's not just the money.
Phil wanted more control of things... Phil didn't want to go to all the road games... Lakers weren't sure the Triangle would be a better fit... Lakers weren't sure how much Phil has left in his coaching tank... etc.
They talked to Phil first knowing full well the triangle is part and parcel of Phil Jackson coaching your team, so if that is what they are saying, he never should have received a call in the first place.
And, I don't see D'Antoni's r-n-g style fitting the old legs and spotty perimeter shooting of the Lakers.
I see this as them not buying into whatever else Phil wanted, and Jim Buss' ego saying "No f*****g way that will happen."