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Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant rip Lakers management for not hiring Phil Jackson

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Earvin 'Magic' Johnson hugs Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during a memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Earvin 'Magic' Johnson hugs Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during a memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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The plot continues to thicken in the ongoing situation with Phil Jackson potentially taking the front office job with the New York Knicks. All signs point to Jackson joining the Knicks, but Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson are not happy that the Los Angeles Lakers are not trying to stop it by hiring him according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin on March 13:

"You know how I feel about Phil," said Bryant, who won all five of his championships with Jackson as the coach. "I have so much admiration for him and respect and I have a great relationship with him. Personally, it would be hard for me to understand that happening twice. It would be tough. I don't really get it."

Magic took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the franchise that he led to five NBA titles during his playing days. Although Magic promised to no longer express his opinions and complaining publicly about the decision-making process of the storied franchise, the Hall of Famer couldn't resist saying the following via Twitter:

"I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers."

The future remains uncertain for the Lakers moving forward with no telling what will happen over the course of the off-season. As of right now, it seems that Kobe and Magic are on the same page in terms of lobbying for Jackson's return, but it doesn't appear to be in the works with Jim Buss and company reluctant to give Jackson a role in any capacity.

It'll be interesting to see how all this unfolds in Los Angeles once Jackson is officially calling the shots for the Knicks.

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