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The Los Angeles Lakers have hired former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson, reports LATimes.com.
D'Antoni, 61, signed a reported four year deal that may pay him $12 million for three guaranteed seasons with a team option in the fourth year. He will join the team in a week or two after he recovers from knee-replacement surgery.
The Lakers will introduce D'Antoni as their new coach at a news conference sometime this week, Bernie Bickerstaff will remain the team's interim coach.
The Lakers decided D'Antoni over Jackson because Jackson was asking for to much, which according to the LA Times source included ownership in the team.
Steve Nash said earlier Sunday that D'Antoni would be terrific for the team.
"Obviously, I think everyone knows how much I love Mike," said Nash, who played four seasons and won two MVP awards under D'Antoni in Phoenix. "If he were the coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.”
Kobe Bryant said Sunday that he liked both Jackson and D'Antoni as the Lakers next coach.
"They know how I feel about Phil. They know how I feel about D'Antoni, I like them both."
The new Lakers coach will likely bring two longtime assistants with him to LA--his brother, Dan D'Antoni, and Phil Weber.
D'Antoni's record as a coach is 388-339 in the NBA.
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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 →
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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...
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