Did the Lakers burn their bridges when they snubbed Phil Jackson?

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Former LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson has ruled out ever returning to the NBA as a coach, following his retirement from the game.

Jackson won 11 championships in his 20 seasons as a coach and spent 11 years in charge of the Lakers. However after leaving the Los Angeles franchise in 2011 he was embroiled in a saga where he almost returned to the role following the firing of Mike Brown in the next campaign.

Ultimately though he was pipped to the post by current head coach Mike D’Antoni, and has admitted that the whole process was a nightmare for him.

“I don't wanna be taken through the process again, it was too difficult, maybe too upsetting in some ways for my fiancee," Jackson said.

"I don't think that you have to coach, I think your influence can be beyond coaching."

Before D’Antoni was appointed it was rumoured that Jackson was willing to accept his return to the Lakers, but he was snubbed.

It would appear such a move by the franchise left a nasty taste in Jackson’s mouth and he now may just be left smiling given the fact that the Lakers sit near the bottom of the Western Conference, having amassed a poor record of 16-26 this term.

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