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The Lakers will announce the rehiring of Phil Jackson today at a 2 PM Press Conference. While not a surprise, LAist still thinks this hiring is a little bizarre.Don't get us wrong, Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, and we're happy to have him back. But does anyone else get the sense that this could easily turn out disastrous?

In a league that's coping with a boring Pistons-Spurs finals, Jackson and Kobe Bryant are going to be the story all season. Reportedly, Bryant turned down Jackson's request to meet with him because Kobe did not want to give the appearance that Laker management needed his approval to hire any coach. Problem with that is Phil has a lot of explaining to do with his star player, who he ripped in his book The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul.

So as the media storm swirls around a relationship that was always tenuous, we'll still wonder if Jackson's health is good enough to withstand it all. Phil's second coaching stint here could easily last just a season or two.