Days later, Jackson is at it again, telling ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning that he “laughed” when Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak informed him the Lakers’ coaching job had gone to D’Antoni.
“It was humorous to me when Mitch said that we think that Mike is a better coach for this group of guys,” Jackson said on Wednesday.
“When Mitch gave me the call close to midnight on Sunday night right before I was going to give them an answer Monday morning and said, ‘We’ve made a choice. We’re going to hire Mike D’Antoni. We think he’s the best coach for this group of guys,’ My answer was, ‘For Steve Nash, yes, I agree, but for Dwight Howard, I’m not so sure.'”
“I don’t see myself coaching again, I really don’t,” Jackson said. “When I discussed this with Jeanie Buss, she said, ‘Make sure you tell them that Jeanie still thinks you can coach even though you might say you’re not going to coach again.’ Jeanie still thinks I can coach, but I’m not going to go there.”