Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/12
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's a great coach. Has been, will be, one of the best if not the best ever." D'A...
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