The next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers will not be Phil Jackson, despite the intense flirtations between the two camps over the weekend.
The 16-time NBA champions and Mike D’Antoni agreed to a deal late last night reportedly worth $12 million over three years.
The Lakers instead went with D'Antoni, a respected offensive strategist who coached Lakers point guard Steve Nash in Phoenix during the best years of their respective careers. D'Antoni was less successful during four seasons in New York, but at least restored the once-moribund Knicks to competence before resigning last March.
"Dr. (Jerry) Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak unanimously agreed that Mike was the best coach for this roster at this time," Lakers spokesman John Black said.
The 61-year-old D'Antoni underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this month, and could be physically limited early his tenure. Black said the Lakers aren't certain when D'Antoni will travel to Los Angeles to begin work.
I think it’s safe to assume he gets more than five games to turn things around.
[H/T: Fox Sports]