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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 fun disappeared. The pressure to win with the Knicks, who had not done a whole lot of winning in the decade prior to his arrival, wore on D’Antoni. And now he is walking into an even more pressure-filled situation in Los Angeles as the head coach of the legendary Lakers, where style will trump substance even more than it did in New York.
Phil Jackson would have had no trouble dealing with that pressure, if there would have been any pressure at all for the coach of 11 championship teams. Jackson would have had the immediate support of the players and the fans, as well as the tacit approval of the media, and the ...
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The Lakers are moving quickly toward hiring Phil Jackson as their next coach, with one person in the organization calling it a "95" chance he will return for a third tour with the team.
The Lakers plan on meeting with Jackson on Saturday morning to make sure he is interested in the job. The unknown 5 in their equation is the chance Jackson doesn't want to fill the...
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...
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...
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...
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 [...]
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...
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Phil Jackson is the favorite to return as head coach of the Lakers. He was non-committal about his coaching future during an HBO Real Sports interview this past June. There were rumblings all summer that he would have entertained taking over the Knicks “clumsy roster” if they had called. He was connected to openings in Portland and Orlando, as...
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...