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Lakers Hire Mike D’Antoni as Coach

ESPN - The Los Angeles Lakers, in a surprising move, announced Monday morning that they have signed former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown as head coach.

D’Antoni’s has a four-year contract, his agent, Warren LeGarie, confirmed late Sunday night, several hours after the Lakers beat Sacramento 103-90 for their second straight win under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff.

A league source said D’Antoni has a three-year deal worth $12 million and that the fourth year is a club option.

The deal was signed around 11:30 p.m. PT Sunday night, a source close to the situation told ESPN. Sources confirmed a Los Angeles Times report that D’Antoni quickly agreed to coach the Lakers after L.A.’s weekend of negotiations to bring back Phil Jackson broke down.

Now that was an interesting choice. D’Antoni was successful down in Phoenix having a “team” environment with Steve Nash and Amare teaming up for one hell of a duo. Over in New York, things were quite different. Carmelo does what Carmelo wants when Carmelo wants to do them. D’Antoni couldn’t control him and therefore led to his firing and a dismal Knicks performance. If D’Antoni couldn’t control Carmelo how the hell is he even going to be able to speak to Kobe? This was a very interesting hire, especially when Phil Jackson had apparently already agreed to the position. Did the Lakers just bury themselves?

 

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