It's just weird to me that the Lakers wouldn't sign him if he didn't make all those demands. They clearly admitted they ****ed up by hiring brown, hence firing him after 5 games. So why would you go and hire Mike D'antoni, instead of Phil? Doesn't make sense, unless the demands were ridiculous. The Lakers front office is pretty smart, I wouldn't expect such a dumb decision like passing up Phil for D'antoni for the reason of "he's the best man for the job".
anyway, jimmy certainly wouldn't be the first guy who suddenly got control of a powerful organisation and wanted to put his stamp on it. even if it meant kind of thumbing his nose at what came before... and what had worked.
What I really want to hear the backstory on is why Jim Buss hired Mike Brown instead of Rick Adelman.
If he makes the Adelman hire, the Lakers are perennial contenders.
Adelman is clearly in a completely different category as a coach then Mike Brown, so why did he choose the latter?
It doesn't make sense that they'd make all these plans with Phil only to hire D'Antoni. Unless they knew D'Antoni was the hire all along and they just played the game to placate the fans. If that's true then it's a low rent move on the Lakers part.
I mean 5 games this year with a new team. I was expecting them to give him more time than 5 games with a new team, but firing him so suddenly gave me the impression they realized he was never the right guy for the job.