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Lakers contact Phil Jackson; Fans chant 'We want Phil'

Fans of the Lakers made their choice of Mike Brown's replacement known during Friday's game against Golden State.

The Los Angeles Lakers have started their coaching search to replace Mike Brown, but the fans have spoken as to their choice to sit in the specially designed big chair on the Lakers' bench. During the Lakers' 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, fans throughout the game called for Phil Jackson to return as coach.

Repeated chants of "We want Phil" echoed through Staples Center, a call for the coach who won five titles with the Lakers to return to the purple and gold.

Hours after Brown was fired on Friday morning, reports surfaced that Jackson, who retired after the 2010-2011 season, was interested in a return to coaching, and that longtime assistants Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons would be willing to rejoin Jackson should he return to the Lakers.

In fact, the Lakers have already contacted Jackson to "gauge his interest in coaching them," according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Maybe the fans will get their wish.