How it all went down was one of the more excruciating moments for me as a Lakers fan. It was a complete train wreck. It was more than that actually but this is a family friendly forum so I can't really let out the series of expletives it would take to truly express my feelings on the subject. But yeah, it was a travesty.
In the meantime, the thing that galls me more than anything is that they just didn't do any due diligence in this coaching hire. They didn't really last time either, Jimbo just fell in love with Mike Brown and his DVD's and convinced the other two to hire him over Adelman who they were leaning to for the gig. There was no rush that summer but he completely rushed it thinking that Brown was going to get snatched up by Golden State.
This time there was more urgency but they still could have taken some time to actually interview several candidates. As Bernie proved, he was more than capable of sitting in as interim head coach. The guy's been around forever as a head coach in this league so they were in good hands.
The part that annoys me the most is that they obviously had D' Antoni chosen off the bat and just did not give anyone else a chance - not Phil, that was for show and they did him and us as fans dirty.
But what about Sloan, what about Nate McMillan? I would have taken either of those guys over D' Antoni in a heartbeat. Neither one of those guys were contacted or interviewed. Just like last time, they were stuck on one guy and didn't really do their diligence at all.
This hire had a greater magnitude than the Brown one. It was a chance to correct the previous mistake. Instead they made another one.
The horrid part of the fall out was that they had no compunction in dragging us fans and Phil through the mud. What a complete screw up. It takes some real skills to screw things up as badly as they did.