Magic Johnson Wants Los Angeles Lakers to Hire Phil Jackson

Update, March 12, 11:15 p.m. ET:

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We’ve been hearing for days now that a deal to bring Phil Jackson to the New York Knicks is all but imminent.

For Knicks fans, the prospect of Jackson bringing his sterling career full circle is enough to drown out the downright dumpster fire that is the 2013-14 season.

That there might be a bit of jealousy on the part of the Los Angeles Lakers—from fans, franchise legends and front-office honchos alike—was pretty much to be expected.

We just didn’t think they’d be so, you know, vocal about it.

Uh oh.

If you’re squarely in the Phil-to-New-York camp, this is the last thing you want to see: L.A.’s most powerful and influential sports legend making it known where he believes Phil’s true home to be.

What makes Magic’s off-the-cuff comments even funnier: As recently as late January, Johnson promised he was done opining on the Lakers’ in-house business.

I know what some of you are probably thinking: Magic may well be tossing off on Twitter knowing full well Phil’s ultimate goal is to leverage his way into a better position, either with his long-time employer or with some other organization altogether.

Grantland’s Bill Simmons explored precisely this possibility in his Wednesday mailbag column:

And as he keeps thinking about it, he’s inadvertently talking himself into it. He knows Dolan is a horror show of a boss 90 percent of the time, but he also knows about Dolan’s unwavering loyalty to Isiah Thomas and Donnie Walsh — when you’re in with Dolan, you’re in all the way. So he leverages the Knicks by using the threat of the Nets and Lakers. And Dolan just keeps saying “Yes.” He even gets Bill Bradley to start lobbying Jackson, which ...

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