Lakers Pull Shocker, Hire D'Antoni

Lakers Pull Shocker, Hire D'Antoni

OK, we know Steve Nash will be thrilled with the Lakers' sudden reversal that went from Phil Jackson to Mike D'Antoni. Kobe Bryant was lobbying hard for Phil, but he likes D'Antoni enough that he won't be making McKayla Maroney faces at the notion of getting his second choice. The big question is how this plays out for Dwight Howard, the one whose opinion will ultimately matter most of all.

 

Howard is the only one of the Lakers stars' (you can include Pau Gasol in that group, if you wish) who will be a free agent after the season. With D'Antoni signing a four-year deal to coach the Lakers, Howard is the one who will have to decide if it's the right coach and system with which to spend the prime years of his career.

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