Just saw the MSNBC article about how Brian Shaw was incredulous that Lakers didn't hire Phil:
The question we gotta ask is, that if Phil knew (as he apparently did) that he was gonna take a vacation year off during the strike season, and wanted to be positioned to be brought back to coach the Lakers again in 2012-2013 (as he definitely was, and as Magic, Rambis, Jeannie Buss, and others in or around the organization obviously assumed that he would be), then...
... in 2011, when they were hiring a new coach, did Phil/Magic/Rambis/etc put the kibosh on hiring Brian Shaw for the head coaching position and somehow push for Mike Brown or Adelsen?
Because if Shaw had been hired, and jelled as the Lakers new coach, then Phil Jackson wouldn't have been able to ride back into town in early 2012 as we can see in retrospect was clearly the plan all along.
Of course the other possibility is that everybody pushed for Brian Shaw because they assumed that he lacked the experience, charisma, assertiveness and force to succeed as head coach of the Lakers, and so certainly would have failed, again allowing Phil Jackson to come sailing in to save the day in early 2012.
The Mike Brown hire made everybody's sphincter snap shut because they realized he was an outsider who had deep playoff experience with Lebron and Cleveland, and could therefore possibly "make it" in Los Angeles long term. Thus from day 1 guys like Magic were whining about Mike Brown "being there" and "not being the right guy" etc etc.
The fact that Mike Brown did in fact fail, and that the dream scenario for Phil to return in 2012 did in fact materialize, but yet the Lakers then "dissed" Phil nonetheless, by teasing him and then making the better decision for D'Antoni, must be especially irksome. Especially because Da'ntoni is a better offensive coach, a true professional and specialist in that area.
Just for the record I think the Dan'toni hire was a fantastic move, and this Laker team will be tremendous. Fan-tastic.