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Lakers Coach Phil Jackson didn't realize Orlando's Van Gundy was "that sensitive"

November 26, 2010 |  5:33 pm

Philjackson_200 The cross-country banter that started earlier this week from Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was perhaps finally ended Friday night in Utah.

Jackson said he had "no idea" his comments regarding the Miami Heat's sour start would cause such a ruckus.

"I haven't been to the Sunshine State for a long time and I don't know what tickled their fancy down there so much about that statement," Jackson said before the Lakers played the Utah Jazz. "I didn't realize that Stan was that sensitive about the issue, and that's unfortunate."

Stan would be Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy, who jumped to the defense of Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra earlier this week after Jackson said Spoelstra might eventually be replaced by Pat Riley if the Heat don't improve.

Van Gundy at the time said Jackson's comments were "inappropriate" and "ignorant."

--Mike Bresnahan, from Salt Lake City

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times