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ESPNThe Los Angeles Lakers, in a wholly unexpected move, announced Monday morning that they signed former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown as head coach. D'Antoni's deal is for four years, his agent, Warren LeGarie, confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com late Sunday night The Lakers said they plan to hold a press conference most likely on Tuesday or Wednesday. Team spokesperson John Black said Lakers owner Jerry Buss, executive vice president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak were "unanimous that D'Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time." Sources confirmed a Los Angeles Times report that D'Antoni quickly agreed to coach the Lakers after L.A.'s weekend of negotiations to bring back Phil Jackson broke down. It appears that Whistlin' Phil wasn't up for another go around.
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We love it when the Taiwanese animators put their spin on the NBA. The Buss family, however, might not share our enthusiasm for this particular video. Jim Buss is flat-out called an idiot (he drives around in a "short buss" and wears a bucket on his head). And the Lakers are a bunch of old, walker-using, has-beens who will basically inspire riots as they try to...
The Lakers concluded preliminary talks Saturday with former coach Phil Jackson, a feeling-out process that would continue, The Times has learned.
Team Vice President Jim Buss and Jackson met Saturday morning to explore the prospects of Jackson returning to the team.
The Lakers are unwavering that theres still a 95 certainty he will be their next coach. It's known that Jackson...
Something tells me that, if Jeannie Buss, and not Jim Buss, was, well, driving the Lakers bus, then Phil Jackson, and not Mike D’Antoni, would be the new Lakers coach. And no, not because Phil and Jeannie were a thing during his previous administrations, though one would have to be naïve to think [...]
Magic Johnson reportedly had a part to play in the Lakers' decision to fire Mike Brown.
Via the LA Times:Mike D’Antoni, not Phil Jackson, will be the next coach of theLakers.“We signed Mike D’Antoni to a multi-year deal,” Lakers spokesman John Black said, mentioning the team’s owner and top two executives. “Dr. [Jerry] Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were unanimous that Mike D’Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time.”Probably a conversation...
So the Flakers are going with Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach but not without trying to negotiate a third coaching stint with Phil Jackson. Talks fell apart in the last 24 hours though, as Jim Buss and Jackson failed to come to terms over Phil's last request.
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The Lakers have hired Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown, signing the veteran NBA coach to a reported four-year deal.
The Lakers have a new head coach but it’s not the one most were expecting. The Lakers have announced a four-year-$12 million deal with Mike D’Antoni. Per Pro-Basketball Talk, D’Antoni was chosen over Phil Jackson partly because the Zen Master’s salary demands and travel options weren’t agreeable to Mitch Kupchak, Jerry and Jim Buss. D’Antoni [...]
The Los Angeles Lakers will no longer be searching for a new coach when they take the floor on Tuesday night, but their newest employee won't be on the bench quite yet.
Two days after hiring Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach, the Lakers will face the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center.
Los Angeles made the hire late Sunday night, though it remains uncertain when D...