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I was shocked when I read the Lakers had fired Mike Brown 5 games into the season. Either you believe in your coach enough to give him a chance, or you shouldn’t let him coach your team at all in the first place. Regardless of whether Mike Brown was the right coach for this Lakers team, firing any coach midseason makes it much harder to gel and compete for a title. The only way this could possibly make sense is if there’s somebody who is obviously better waiting in the wings.
So when I saw the headline that the Lakers had hired Mike D’Antoni for head coach, I could scarcely believe it. Not only was Phil Jackson available, but he was the perfect coach for this team. I thought for sure, after screwing up with Mike Brown, they’d pay whatever was necessary to bring Jackson back. However, Jackson’s asking price was exorbitant and his heart didn’t appear to be in it. Still, couldn’t the Lakers have done better than Mike D’Antoni?
D’Antoni’s famous for his 7 seconds or less offense.
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Photos by: Stephen Dunn, Elsa and Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North AmericaThe Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson are getting closer and closer to a deal that would bring the legendary head coach back to a third stint with the Purple & Gold. Both parties talked yesterday in L.A. and agreed to have a second meeting in a few days. It is still a negotiation process, as the sides...
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 →
Phil Jackson is proclaiming that the Los Angeles Lakers LIED to him during negotiations, which if successful would had brought back the former Lakers coach back to the bright lights of Los Angeles, as he's saying that the Lakers not only lied to him but also to the press, and to the fans.Jackson, according to Yahoo Sports, would have been given until Monday night, by the L...
So much for Phil Jackson. We East Coast basketball fans woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise – the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni as head coach. We weren’t the only ones caught off guard. Phil Jackson is reportedly stunned.
The hiring isn’t going over well in LA. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times:
Mike D’Antoni is a great guy and a charismatic presence. If they add some...
Phil Jackson said he left his Saturday meeting with Lakers manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president Jim Buss believing the Lakers' job was his if he wanted it, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Monday. Jackson said he left with a hand shake and understanding "that (he) would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with (his) decision." Jackson was set...
Sources said that the Lakers ultimately believed that Mike D'Antoni was a better fit for its current roster than Phil Jackson.
Just as it seemed the championship duo of Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant would be reunited, the Los Angeles Lakers went in another direction. The team hired their second choice, Mike D'Antoni. Despite the discussions with Jackson regarding a return, the Lakers said they were all on board with D'Antoni's hiring.According to the Los Angeles Lakers' press release...
Tweet After flirting with the prospect of bringing back Phil Jackson for much of the weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown as their next head coach. The hiring was first reported by the LA Times. Per the report, D’Antoni signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Lakers. [...]
Had the narrative been, “Lakers fire Mike Brown then hire D’Antoni,” then Laker fans would be absolutely thrilled to have D’Antoni. However, the Lakers went back to the well. They called the great Phil Jackson and he was interested. But the Lakers turned Jackson down! That shocking turn of events triggered an overreaction by fans and media.
The Lakers hire Mike D’Antoni as their new head coach.
In an unexpected twist, ESPNLA.com is reporting the Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni, not Phil Jackson, to be their next head coach.
From all accounts Phil was just “asking for the moon” and the Lakers were unable to come to an agreement with him.
For the complete story, check it out at ESPNLA.com.
Lakers opt for Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson as their next head coach
As you may figure, the folks over at Next Media Animation have put together another classic clip dealing with the Los Angeles Lakers hiring of new head coach Mike D'Antoni.The ire of their hatred was Lakers vice president Jim Buss who proclaimed in this clip as to be the reason why Phil Jackson isn't back in the city of Angels:
Let's review what we have seen in our latest episode of "As the Lakers Turn," the ever popular soap opera starring the Los Angeles Lakers. First we saw the team fire head coach Mike Brown on Friday, and it seemed to be a forgone conclusion Phil Jackson was going to be hired as the man in charge of leading them to the promised land. Then came Sunday night-Monday morning...
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...