Mike D’Antoni hired as new LA Lakers coach, replaces Mike Brown

By on Nov 12, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Mike D’Antoni was hired as the new LA Lakers coach, replacing Mike Brown, who was fired last Friday, after the team lost four of its five games in the start of the NBA 2012-13 season, contrary to earlier speculations that Phil Jackson might return as the team’s coach for the third time.

Mike D'Antoni

Mike D’Antoni
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According to a post at NBA.com on Monday, November 12, 2012, Los Angeles Lakers spokesman John Black confirmed on Sunday night that Mike D’Antoni signed a multi-year contract to be the new Lakers coach, with the team being expected to formally announce the deal within this week.

As noted in the report, D’Antoni was chosen unanimously as Brown‘s replacement by Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and executive vice president Jim Buss, along with general manager Mitch Kupchak, with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both expressing their support for their new coach.

“Obviously I think everyone knows how much I love Mike. If (D’Antoni) were to coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.” Steve Nash was quoted at ESPN before the announcement was made. He used to play for the Phoenix Suns and D’Antoni was the team’s head coach that time.

D’Antoni, 61, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship, won the ‘NBA Coach of the Year’ award for the 2004–05 NBA season when he was Suns coach. Back in May 2008, he became the coach of the New York Knicks, but he resigned on March 14, 2012. He was replaced by then assistant coach Mike Woodson.

Meanwhile, ESPN Los Angeles reported that Warren LeGarie, D’Antoni‘s agent, confirmed to them that Mike has signed a four-year contract with the LA Lakers, with Los Angeles reporting first that a source told them that Phil Jackson‘s negotiation with the team broke down, and D’Antoni quickly accepted the offer.

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