I actually feel bad for Phil. Here he carefully sculpted a title-winning exit for him and Kobe -- and Jim Buss shints all over it. Even if by treating Phil in this manner, Jimbo risks destroying the franchise. His personal issues with Jackson and his sister clearly outweigh his rational business judgment.
PJaX saw this team -- Kobe, D12, Pau and others this trio would attract -- as having had the talent to get him a "once in forever" 12th NBA title-winning exit. And to get Kobe his sixth ring. Only to have this dream -- for himself, Kobe, Jeannie and the Laker nation -- snatched away at the very last minute by the spoiled no-nothing rich kid of an owner.
And this dream is dead forever. It must really gnaw at him. After all, it even gnaws at me.