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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Magic, Kobe want Phil in L.A.

By Ian Begley

Two Los Angeles Lakers stars aren't happy with Phil Jackson's move to New York.

Magic Johnson took to Twitter to say that the Lakers should hire Jackson to run their organization.

I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers.

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 12, 2014

Kobe Bryant is the face of the Lakers' team. Who is the face of the Lakers' organization?

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 12, 2014

In signing Phil Jackson Owner Jim Dolan & Steve Mills are saying to the Knicks fans, they're ready to win now!

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 12, 2014


A league source told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary former coach control of the club's front office by the end of this week. An official announcement might not come until next week, the source said.

That development didn't sit well with Kobe Bryant. Bryant seemed upset that the Lakers had a chance to hire Jackson twice in recent seasons and opted to go with other coaches (Mike Brown, Mike D'Antoni).

"You know how I feel about Phil," said Bryant, who won all five of his championships with Jackson as the coach. "I have so much admiration for him and respect and I have a great relationship with him. Personally, it would be hard for me to understand that happening twice. It would be tough. I don't really get it."

There has been speculation that Jackson is using the Knicks to get a top-flight job with another franchise, particularly the Los Angeles Lakers, but a source told Broussard that the Knicks have no fear of Jackson leaving them at the altar for another team.

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