Doc Rivers went to bat for Phil Jackson on Tuesday, saying he deserved better from the Lakers.
"I didn't like the way it was done," Rivers said to Chris Russo on SirusXM's Mad Dog Radio. "I don't think you embarrass anybody."
After relieving Mike Brown of his coaching duties, the Lakers had initial talks with Jackson. While the team's former coach (and 11-time NBA champion) was mulling over the possibilities, the Lakers instead hired Mike D'Antoni for the job.
"Whether you like Phil or not, he's won a lot of titles and I think he was owed more than that treatment, in my opinion, especially (from) that franchise," Rivers said.