Jeanie Buss is prepping for the updated release of her memoir, “Laker Girl.” The update includes the most recent Laker drama that came last November with the Lakers hiring current head coach Mike D’Antoni over Jeanie’s fiancé Phil Jackson. Jeanie reveals that she felt a sense of betrayal by the move. If you recall, Jeanie even sought out First Lady Michelle Obama’s advice.
As Jim and Mitch were preparing to leave, Phil got in the last word, telling them, “I’m going to consider this but I have to check with some people,” meaning he had to get cleared by his doctors and talk to his family.
This could be a life-changing decision. He wasn’t going to just say, “Okay, where’s the contract?” He was retired and they had just dropped a bombshell on him. He needed a little time to think it over. So they agreed to talk again on Monday morning.
The sequence of events — Phil almost coming back and then being told someone else was better for the job — practically destroyed me. It almost took away my passion for this job and this game. It felt like I had been stabbed in the back. It was a betrayal. I was devastated.
Jeanie also revealed that her brother Jim confessed he made a mistake in hiring Mike Brown and that he had cost the team money in doing so.