Laker fans and team management probably weren't the only ones hoping Phil Jackson would agree to a deal to return as coach of the team.
Time Warner Cable, which is the new TV rights holder for the Lakers, also would have been thrilled if the "Zen Master" came back.
That's because hiring Jackson would have put more pressure on satellite broadcaster DirecTV to strike a deal to carry SportsNet, the new regional sports channel Time Warner started which is the TV home for the Lakers.
Many DirecTV subscribers are already upset about missing games. A Jackson return would have no doubt upped the volume of fans itching for DirecTV to settle its differences with Time Warner Cable. While former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni isn't chopped liver, he doesn't have the stature of Jackson.