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If the Lakers’ intention all along was to stick it to Phil Jackson, then they got their wish.
The team appeared to be courting Jackson exclusively over the weekend after the abrupt firing of coach Mike Brown on Friday, with all signs pointing to the club trying to bring back the coach who had won five championship in Los Angeles.
Jackson and Lakers management discussed the position, reportedly giving Jackson until Monday to make a choice. Jackson went to bed Sunday thinking the job was his to take or not — until suddenly, it wasn’t.
The Lakers called Jackson near midnight Sunday and told him they were hiring Mike D’Antoni as their new coach, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. And as much as the decision surprised Jackson, what’s sitting even worse with him is how it all went down.
“I wish it would have been a bit cleaner,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times on Monday night. “It would have been much more circumspect and respectful of everybody that’s involved. It s...
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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 →
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...
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 →
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...