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The Lakers Change Direction and Hire Mike D’Antoni as Coach

Mike D'Antoni

In a stunning reversal, the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni late Sunday night, spurning Phil Jackson, whose contract demands were apparently too steep. D’Antoni will sign a four-year deal worth $12 million, according to reports. His debut on the Lakers bench could be delayed a few weeks while he recovers from knee-replacement surgery.

Senh: So much for the Lakers saying that they're 95% sure Phil Jackson will return as their coach. Mike D'Antoni will be great for Steve Nash. The only problem is can he get an old Lakers squad to run and gun.


Lakers say they're 95% sure Phil Jackson will return as coach

Phil Jackson

The team plans on meeting with its former coach to see if he is ready to return for a third tour of duty. 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.


Lakers make offer to former Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown

The Lakers have put together a deal to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as their new coach, an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said late Tuesday.

Senh: He would be good for them. Defense wins championships. And he's a defensive-minded coach. Rick Adelman would have been a strange hiring.


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