Former Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni Named Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers
In a somewhat shocking turn of events, Phil Jackson’s contract demands were too much for the Los Angeles Lakers and they decided to instead hire former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni earlier this morning.
D’Antoni will be reunited with Steve Nash, who D’Antoni coached for years in Phoenix. Also, D’Antoni famously was Kobe Bryant’s childhood idol when Bryant was a kid in Italy (as has been famously noted often over the years, Bryant took his original number 8 because that is what D’Antoni wore when he was a point guard in Italy).
The deal is for three years/$12 million and the Lakers have an option for a fourth year.