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NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — A number of coaches have been linked with a move to take the vacant slot as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but Kobe Bryant wants one man in charge, Phil Jackson.
The Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start and an inconsistent performance on the floor.
There have been several talks about the Lakers reaching out to Jackson to make a return from his retirement and Bryant echoes the same sentiments.
“We have a good enough relationship where he knows where I stand,” Bryant, who scored 27 points to help the Lakers to its second win of the season, told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night.
“He’s realistically the greatest coach to ever coach in any sport. It’s as simple as that.
“He’s that for a reason. When you have the greatest coach of all time in any profession out there available you have to reach out to him.”
Dwight Howard has reportedly call for Jackson to return as well.
Former New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is also being linked with the LA job.