Will Lakers Ultimately Regret D'Antoni Hire?

Will Lakers Ultimately Regret D'Antoni Hire?

Welcome to Lakerland, where the working motto is now: another day, another bombshell.

 

Just when it seemed inevitable that Phil Jackson would ride to the rescue after the Lakers shocked the NBA by firing Mike Brown five games into the season, they pulled an even more astonishing move late Sunday night by hiring Mike D'Antoni as coach.

 

The deal, for three years and $12 million with a team option for a fourth year, was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

 

In any another instance, bringing in D'Antoni, one of the NBA's sharpest offensive minds, to team with Steve Nash and the rest of the Lakers' A-listers, would have been a great coup three weeks into the season when so few top coaches are on the market.

 

But coming as it did — with Kobe Bryant giddy about the prospects of being reunited with Jackson and Staples Center fans breaking into "We Want Phil" chants during Sunday night's 103-90 victory over Sacramento — this will not go over well.

 

Nor should it.

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