November 22, 2017

Lakers Hire Mike D’Antoni Instead of Phil Jackson

2012/11/12 11:50 am 000 0 comments




This weekend we learned that Phil Jackson was in line to get his job back as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers as long as he accepted the terms of the deal, but before his agent and the organization conducted their scheduled Monday meeting, a deal had already been made with someone else.

According to ESPN, the Lakers announced Monday morning that they have hired former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and signed him to a three-year contract worth $12 million (read more). The deal was finished Sunday night and surprised many, including Jackson himself, who said he was “stunned” when he was informed he didn’t get the position.

Contrary to the Los Angeles Times report that’s sources said there was a 95% chance that Jackson would succeed Mike Brown with the Lakers, GM Mitch Kupchak, owner Jerry Buss and VP Jim Buss were “unanimous that D’Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time”.

League sources said that Jackson’s triangle offense, an offense that has garnered him so much acclaim, not to mention NBA titles, was actually a strike against him when being considered for the job. The offense would have benefited the likes of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant, as it had in years past, but it was thought that it would be been less effective with the newcomers Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, as it was considered to be as highly complicated as Brown’s Princeton offense, which didn’t gel with the team either.

Instead, D’Antoni will likely bring the fast-tempo, high-scoring approach that served him well with Phoenix and New York. Nash thrived in that offense before, winning the MVP award in two out of five seasons coached by D’Antoni. Many players were actually thrilled by the news, but no one more than Nash.

“Obviously I think everyone knows how much I love Mike,” said Nash on Sunday prior to D’Antoni being hired. “If (D’Antoni) were to coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.”

The Lakers are currently 3-4, having won two in a row since Brown’s departure, but Lakers’ fans will have to continue to remain patient while the team makes this transition. Follow all the Lakers news and discussion here:!!!


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