Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:
Phil Jackson is telling his side of the story.
Or, at least the public side of it.
He released a statement Monday night that confirms part of what the Lakers have said — that this was a basketball decision not a move made because of salary, time off or other requests — but it also shows that Jackson was among the many caught off guard by the Lakers hiring of Mike D’Antoni. And that the Lakers didn’t handle this professionally.