Found November 12, 2012 on
Welcome to Lakerland, where the working motto is now: another day, another bombshell.
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 with a team option for a fourth year, was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
In any another instance, bringing in D'Antoni, one of the NBA's sharpest offensive minds, to team with Steve Nash and the rest of the Lakers' A-listers, would have been a great coup three weeks into the season when so few top coaches are on the market.
But coming as it did -- with Kobe Bryant giddy about the prospects of being reunited with Jackson and Staples Center fans breaking into "We Want Phil" chants during Sunday night's 103-90 victory over Sacramento -- this will not go over well.
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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 →
We can understand the excitement at the prospect of Phil Jackson returning to the bench for the Lakers. The fastest way to exorcise the failures of the recent past is to try to recapture the greatness of the not-so-recent past, and Jackson and the Lakers had a lot of success during their on-again, off-again marriage from 1999 to 2011, even if the marriage was not always a serene...
The Lakers have targeted Phil Jackson and Mike D'Antoni as candidates to replace Mike Brown as head coach.
Mike D’Antoni used to look like he was having so much fun. When his teams in Phoenix were operating at a frenetic pace offensively and playing better than advertised defensively, the coach often seemed to have a bemused smile on his face, even after most losses. The man could coach, everyone knew it, and everyone seemed to appreciate it.
Then D’Antoni went to New York and the...
With the biggest news of the week in the NBA coming out of Los Angeles in the firing of Mike Brown as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, one has to wonder who will inherit the “Super Team” of Nash, Kobe, Pau, and Dwight. I bet we can hardly count the free agent coaches out there with our fingers and toes that would chomp at the bit to coach a starting unit like that; but lets...
Phil Jackson has known for months that he wanted to coach again. Mike Brown was quickly removed from the Lakers job once a suitable testing period (five games) had been completed. Kobe Bryant wanted Jackson’s return. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash would be lifted to their full potential just as soon as Jackson, who was about as sure to take the job the minute it opened...
The Pringles Man has come back to the NBA as Mike D'Antoni (and not Phil Jackson) will serve as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash is pleased.The post Mike D’Antoni To The Lakers: The Return Of The Pringles Man appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Newly minted Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni was just as shocked as everyone else to discover it was him and not Phil Jackson who would be taking over the coaching reins for the Lakers. D’Antoni has started giving interviews and has been cleared to fly – he had knee surgery but he’s good to go [...]
The Lakers went out Friday night and smacked up the Golden State Warriors 101-77 for win number two. Of course following the game, the question everyone wanted answered was who would Kobe like to see coach the Lakers. This is what Mamba had to say on that subject: “Phil, obviously, you guys know how I [...]
With Hall of Famer Phil Jackson expected to be formally announced as the Los Angeles Lakers new head coach tomorrow, the “Zen Master” is attempting to add Brian Shaw and Scottie Pippen to his staff. The 46-year-old Shaw, who won … Continue reading →
While rumors continue to swirl about the possible return of Phil Jackson to the bench, the Los Angeles Lakers are keeping their focus on trying to move past their slow start.
The Lakers will attempt to move one step closer to the .500 mark when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to Staples Center on Sunday night.
With the additions of superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, expectations...
The Los Angeles Lakers announced the hiring of coach Mike D'Antoni on Monday. D'Antoni replaces Mike Brown, who was fired on Friday. The Lakers signed D'Antoni to a multi-year deal but did not release the terms of the contract. However, it is believed to be for three years and worth $12 million. "After speaking with several excellent and well-respected coaching...
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...