Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 11/12/12
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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