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Did the Lakers Blunder by Hiring Mike D'Antoni?

L.A. brings in a former Knicks and Suns coach to replace Mike Brown. Do you think it was the right move?

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni to succeed Mike Brown as coach, and already the L.A. Times is calling the move a 'blunder.'

D'Antoni, who coached the New York Knicks for the last four seasons and the Phoenix Suns for five seasons before that, agreed to a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth season. The Times put the value of the deal at $12 million.

D'Antoni reportedly got the job only after negotiations broke down with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who is said to have met with Lakers owners Jerry and Jim Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Saturday.

Jackson had been the favorite until the team learned of his demands, which included a stake in ownership, according to an unnamed source cited by the Times.

Kobe Bryant told ESPN, "I love PJ (Phil Jackson) but I'm very excited about D'Antoni.''

D'Antoni coached Lakers point guard Steve Nash in Phoenix. Nash won two MVP awards under D'Antoni's leadership.

"Obviously, I think everyone knows how much I love Mike,'' ESPN quoted Nash saying prior to D'Antoni's hiring. "If (D'Antoni) were to coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.''

Team spokesman John Black said, "Dr. Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were unanimous that Mike D'Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time.''

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS

Did the Lakers make the right move?

- City News Service

louismarano November 12, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Great job Jim - in bringin Mike to the Lakers -- now please hire Nate to be his defense coach , they will make a great team . good for you mitch .
Rob November 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Great move. Phil was my sentimental choice. However, given D'Antoni's familiarilty with Nash, the offense he ran in Phoenix, his respect among the players earned during his coaching the Olympic team, and Phil's own goofy dynamics with Kobe, as well as the time it takes to learn Phil's triangle offense, D'Antoni is probably the better choice.
Shripathi Kamath November 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The blunder might be more this (http://lat.ms/TwJpPL) if it turns out to be true. Sounds strange, but then I am reminded that they have Jim Buss at the helm now. D'Antoni is a fine coach, he will make the Lakers exciting to watch. I think they'll get farther than they did last year, but will likely lose in the WCF.
Dan November 13, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Maybe, but there is no way the Lakers are going to win the World Series with D'Antoni at the helm. Sad day for Los Angeles.
Phil M November 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I Think D’Antoni is a good coach. We have to watch ourselves. We can’t hold all coaches to the standard of Phil Jackson. Phil had such great philosophy of the game and there are not many coaches who can compare. I am not saying we can’t have a standard of winning. I am just saying it will be hard to find another Phil. ________________________________________ Find a Career College near you, www.americolleges.com
s. nathanson November 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Good. Bye Lakers!! L.A. deserves a major league coach. Good bye!!! EX-Laker fan.
George Vogel December 03, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Is Phil still available? Correct another bad choice before it's too late. GBV - former season ticket holder

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