los angeles lakers, in a stunning turn of events, hired mike d’antoni to replace ousted coach mike brown after an abysmal 1-4 (and 0-8 preseason). phil jackson was originally in the mix (and the clear favourite) to become the head coach for the lakers, but talks broke down after salary negotiations, ability to skip road games, more say in player selections, and the eventual grooming/selection of his successor, led the lakers to go with d’antoni.
d’antoni is currently healing up from surgery, but should be back in a couple of weeks to take on the new role as head coach of the lakers.
i for one can say i’m quite happy to see this - a good fix for a high-power offence that hasn’t been producing. plus, dwight howard, kobe bryant, and steve nash all have played with d’antoni before - making the transition a lot easier.
let’s hope this leads to a title, as they have d’antoni for the next 4 years…