Sorry, Lakers fans. You can't have Phil.
Despite the reappearance of chants for Phil Jackson at Lakers games, Mike D'Antoni is still their coach. And will be in the future.
" 'WE WANT PHIL' is not going to happen," Jackson said in an e-mail to The Times.
Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Lakers have D'Antoni under contract for two more seasons and $8 million. Mike Brown, fired in November after a 1-4 start, is owed an additional $6 million after this season.
That's $14 million for D'Antoni and Brown until 2015.
To hire Jackson now would substantially add to that total ($8 million annually? $10 million?), especially after he was snubbed so publicly in November, to the disappointment of countless Lakers fans.