Former New York Knicks head coach, Mike D’Antoni is trying his best to become relevant this year in the NBA. If talks with Phil Jackson break down, the Lakers appear to have a second option firmly in place. How would Mike D’Antoni fair with this older Laker team with his fast pace, point guard oriented offense? Well that’s up for debate, but his winning record with Steve Nash at the helm is not.
D’Antoni has supplanted himself in the Laker head coach conversation as he said he’d be the perfect fit with the Lakers. D’Antoni told Fox Sports Southwest and Dallasbasketball.com that he’d accept the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching gig.
“If they offer it, I’d love it,” he said just hours after Brown was let go. “It’d be a perfect fit.”
Speaking to FOX Sports Southwest’s Nancy Lieberman, D’Antoni said that his recent knee surgery would not serve as an obstacle to starting immediately. D’Antoni said that those wheels are in motion, with his agent Warren LeGarie having already contacted the Lakers. Meanwhile, sources close to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told FOX Sports Southwest that there will be an in-house push from legend-turned-team-exec Magic Johnson to hire ex-Lakers guard Brian Shaw, who was originally passed over for the job in favor of Brown and is now a Pacers assistant.
D’Antoni is said to be high on the list because of his credentials and relationship with Steve Nash. His offense would certainly bring entertainment to the Hollywood crowd. His relationship with Kobe Bryant is very good after spending time together on Team USA during the Olympics. They also both share the experience of living in Italy. The Lakers have said they want to make a decision on the coaching role as quickly as possible.
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