Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Nov. 11 that they have hired Mike D’Antoni to take over the NBA club’s head coaching duties. D’Antoni takes over from Mike Brown, who was fired on Nov. 9. The move came as a bit of a surprise to many Lakers fans who were almost certain the team was going to rehire 67-year-old former coach Phil Jackson to take over the squad for the third time. Reports said that D’Antoni signed a three-year contract with Los Angeles which will see him make $12 million over the life of it. There’s also a team option for a fourth year. It’s believed the club passed on Jackson as he was looking for more money upfront as well as restricted travel and other contract demands. Jackson definitely had the credentials though since he’s coached 11 squads to the NBA championship including taking seven Lakers teams to the finals in 11 seasons and winning the title five times. D’Antoni’s resume pales in comparison since he’s never coached a team in the NBA finals. However, he has a...
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