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New Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said he will be a failure at the Staples Center if he doesn’t put his new team in the title hunt. "I'm going to do everything I can do to win a championship," D'Antoni told KSPN-AM 710 on Tuesday. "If we're not at least in the hunt, a serious hunt, then I've failed as a head coach. I'm comfortable with that." D'Antoni was hired early Monday morning to replace Mike Brown, who was fired Friday by the Lakers. In between, multiple reports said former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who won five titles with the Lakers, was told the job was his if he wanted it, but team officials hired D'Antoni instead. The new coach said he was surprised when he was offered a three-year contract early Monday. "I was surprised in the sense that it seemed like a natural fit," D'Antoni said." "But you never know what happens, so I'm not here to judge one way or the other. I know he&...
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Leaving Hall of Famer Phil Jackson “stunned,” Los Angeles Lakers’ suits unanimously chose offensive wizard Mike D’Antoni to become the organization’s next head coach over the “Zen Master” earlier today. The 61-year-old D’Antoni, who was last employed by the New … Continue reading →
Mike D’Antoni used to look like he was having so much fun. When his teams in Phoenix were operating at a frenetic pace offensively and playing better than advertised defensively, the coach often seemed to have a bemused smile on his face, even after most losses. The man could coach, everyone knew it, and everyone seemed to appreciate it.
Then D’Antoni went to New York and the...
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Just when it seemed inevitable that Phil Jackson would ride to the rescue after the Lakers shocked the NBA by firing Mike Brown five games into the season, they pulled an even more astonishing move late Monday night by hiring Mike D'Antoni as coach.
The deal, for three years and $12 million...
The Pringles Man has come back to the NBA as Mike D'Antoni (and not Phil Jackson) will serve as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash is pleased.The post Mike D’Antoni To The Lakers: The Return Of The Pringles Man appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
One reason the Lakers and Phil Jackson worked so well together is that they looked at the world the same way: gazing down their nose at it.
It always seemed that the high chair Jackson was perched upon on the Lakers' bench, ostensibly to comfort his ailing hips, was a perfect metaphor. It was less a seat than a throne, a symbol of basketball royalty.
It was in keeping with...
Newly minted Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni was just as shocked as everyone else to discover it was him and not Phil Jackson who would be taking over the coaching reins for the Lakers. D’Antoni has started giving interviews and has been cleared to fly – he had knee surgery but he’s good to go [...]
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Nov. 11 that they have hired Mike D’Antoni to take over the NBA club’s head coaching duties. D’Antoni takes over from Mike Brown, who was fired on Nov. 9. The move came as a bit of a surprise to many Lakers fans who were almost certain the team was going to rehire 67-year-old former coach Phil Jackson to take over the squad for the third time...
With Hall of Famer Phil Jackson expected to be formally announced as the Los Angeles Lakers new head coach tomorrow, the “Zen Master” is attempting to add Brian Shaw and Scottie Pippen to his staff. The 46-year-old Shaw, who won … Continue reading →
The Los Angeles Lakers announced the hiring of coach Mike D'Antoni on Monday. D'Antoni replaces Mike Brown, who was fired on Friday. The Lakers signed D'Antoni to a multi-year deal but did not release the terms of the contract. However, it is believed to be for three years and worth $12 million. "After speaking with several excellent and well-respected coaching...