Lakers News: Team Hires Mike D’Antoni As Head Coach Reviewed by Momizat on . According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times the Lakers have agreed to terms with Mike D'Antoni to be their next head coach after speculation that the team wou According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times the Lakers have agreed to terms with Mike D'Antoni to be their next head coach after speculation that the team wou Rating:
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Lakers News: Team Hires Mike D’Antoni As Head Coach

According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times the Lakers have agreed to terms with Mike D’Antoni to be their next head coach after speculation that the team would hire former coach Phil Jackson to replace the recently fired Mike Brown.

After rumors that the team was very close to bringing back Jackson, it appears that his asking price was just too high.

D’Antoni most recently coached the New York Knicks before acting as an assistant this summer for Team USA in the Olympics.

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  • http://twitter.com/IAMCRISIS Crisis

    I hope this a f***ing joke! That damn bum is the worst coach! SMFH!

  • mike87

    wtf!! didt the buss fam hear us “we want Phil

  • Matt Murillo

    Mike D’Antoni the new Laker head coach!?! WTF happened to getting Phil Jackson back? >.< Stupid you are Mitch Kupchack, but I'm a die hard Laker fan so I'll stick by my Lakers!

    • samurai_bonjour

      no its jim buss’s fault

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1280434284 Al D Cruz

      This wan’t Kupchak’s idea, I assure you, he doesn’t sign the checks
      this was all Jim Buss.

  • romy

    Lakers havent hired anybody… dis shit is a lie

  • NEil


    • Kristoffer

      Sure we do! no one else

  • tmbur11

    nonono this was the right pick jax is to old and they need a coach who wants to be there for every game.. and this team needs to be able to run a easy offense this was the right call especially with nash on this team.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.frison Nicholas Frison

      offense wasn’t the problem dumb ass, it was defense and D’antoni doesn’t beleive in it

  • matt

    is this for sure????

  • http://www.facebook.com/waterpoloplyr557 Matt Wright

    jim buss needs to gtfo and let basketball people handle the basketball operations. worst signing the lakers could have made out of all the coaches available. Coach Pringles has never even made it to the finals. At least mike brown had that on his resume.

  • http://www.facebook.com/818slow Mack Slow

    thats sum god damn bullshit

  • purpbleandgold

    are you kidding me? jim buss you suck dicks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamal.brown.50 Jamal Brown

    people acting like the lakers didn’t have lapses under phil his message was getting old in the locker room time to bring in a new face with new ideas im glad we didn’t hire him

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.frison Nicholas Frison

      Shut the fuck up, you go with the guy who gives you titles, not the one who gives you a fast break and nothing else. You are a fucking idiot!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.everythinghesnot Bryan Black Everythinghe’snot

      and you been a laker fan since 2011

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamal.brown.50 Jamal Brown

        nope since 95 take a nap

    • http://www.facebook.com/damien.parkplace Damien CarolynsonZaepops Park

      Thts crazy dude,5 ships in 7 ship appearances,top choice and he can handle bad relationships between players to win! Zen all day

    • http://www.facebook.com/Mr.MooreMoneyStackz Everett Moore

      lapses? LAPSES? are you serious they made it to the finals 7 times under Phil Jackson and won 5 times! where is the LAPSES?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamal.brown.50 Jamal Brown

        im talking about through the course of a season, and all im saying is that under phil the lakers was also inconsistent, did they play consistently throughout the whole season?

        • http://www.facebook.com/TRiLL08 Triston Foust

          Name a team that doesn’t have inconsistencies over an 82 game season, plus Lakers don’t play for the regular season, Lakers and its fans only care about Championships which Phil Jackson delivered time and time again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hunter.irvine.7 Hunter Irvine

      ya obivosly he dose not have good coaching styles with 11 championship ..duh we should of hired him he would of done lakers way better!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamal.brown.50 Jamal Brown

        lakers fans so emotional lol

        • Kill JIM BUSS NOW

          Becuse we love our team unlike you

    • http://www.facebook.com/Joshsk8Green Josh Green

      i agree with jamal brown! also phil only wants to coach home games what kind of bs is that i love phil for what he done for us but only home games!! come on son!!!! the road is where we need you most. Nash will have the ball now pick n roll time with dwight and pau. Let’s go laker!!!! true laker fan on matter what coach we have!!!!!! i think we can win without phil coaching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/broggie Steve Broggie

    This sucks gigantic ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitchell.nacario MiT-Chell Nacario

    Still a great coach. Lets see mike pump up the fast break offense. Time to Move on guys…Go Lakerrrrrrrrkssss!


      Ya losing makes you great go fuck your face hole threw your ass

  • TeknoViper

    Is this true?, I dont see this new on any other major sport web site. This doesnt make any sense, the Lakers were wating till today to know Phils desicion, and at this hour they make this deal?? Hope that this is a rumor or Howard in LA fate is at risk.

  • Jason

    Mike D’Antoni can coach road games and Phil can coach home games :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354395894 Doug Lopez

    God i hope this is not true;;;;;

  • Heather

    Lakers Nation why would u post this lie? We dont see this posted on any other sports website…ESPN is on right now and they are still saying Phil will give his answer tomorrow. So where r u getting your info from saying D’Antoni is the new coach?

  • bong27

    coach d’antoni??? wtf!!! only offense no defense as a coach!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/broggie Steve Broggie

    Mitch. Buddy. What the F bro?

  • Bones

    Fuck this shit

  • jago

    This should be a rumor, they make a deal at this hours, they dont sleep?? LA was wating for Phil and now saying that he wad asking for the moon!!? No sense folks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rod-Milton/1282373158 Rod Milton

    I love the Jim Buss Comments. I can make better Laker team decisions than this. lol

  • Kobefoolifee

    Ohhhh hell no!..tell me im dreaming! Plssss!

  • eknilb

    lakers fan should chant FUCK U JIM BUSS at the game

  • masala

    Mike Dantoni!! Im not hating. Phil wouldve been the obvious better choice but this hiring is not that bad. We will see.

  • TecknoViper

    F&$&!! is true!! this is la new head coach!!, i hope the best for him in la or we are screwed.

  • Dee

    Its already on espn’s website so it’s official so looks like phil won’t coach after all -____-

  • Michael

    Im Disgusted. If we wanted another loser we could have hired back Mike Brown. Jerry Buss would never have stood for this. Let Shaw/Rambis coach some road games so they can takeover in 2 years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/damien.parkplace Damien CarolynsonZaepops Park

    Great fit and now Mr D Ant has a defence to go with his great run and gun offence tht hes ran in Suns land and he has who else running this offense? Steve Nash!!! Look for the Lakers to be somewhat like the 80′s Lakers run and gun championship team. Yet a young Brian Shaw would of been the best selection for too many reasons to name, but two are to be mentioned, he played for Phil and was Phil assistant for years, he’s young and knows the winning formula, oh yeah Ron, Kobe and Pau are still there

    • Kobe to heat 2014

      What d he dosent belive in d kobe should sign with heat in 2 years if he wants another ring

  • Osama

    What’s Mike D’Antoni track record? He went to the conference finals couple of times and did not accomplish anything with the Knicks. He will fail with the Lakers. No doubt about it. Very disappointing news for Lakers fans. It sure ruined my day.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.meurer Shane Meurer

    mike d’antoni is a good coach i dont know why all you are whining

    • Shoot Jim Buss In The Face

      Cuse we need a great coach not a good coach some one needs to shoot jim buss in the fuckin face & shit on grave

  • godlymuscle

    Why in the world would u not sign Phil no matter wat he asking for he wanted to be over picking his own team . The Lakers front office suck . Ughhhhh can Yall do anything good . You pick a man cuz he cheaper he hasn’t even proven himself to no team signed a very pissed off fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hunter.irvine.7 Hunter Irvine

    now that we have a coach now our damn players have to reliize that just cause we have 3 all stars people arnt just going to roll over and let us win we have to earn our wins so get your acts together and lets win a damn championship

  • TeddyOrwell

    I thought this might happen. Learning the triangle (for all but 3 players) mid-season would be an uphill challenge. Isn’t that what they were just doing? Trying to learn a complicated system and failing? Plus the triangle is not a point guard centric system and they have Nash. Give D’Antoni a chance because after you get over the initial butthurt, it is a good fit. The Lakers have no interest in giving Phil a stake in their organization. Sure, D’Antoni’s never been to the finals, but he’s never had a roster to work with like this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nee-cee-Lakers-Hooper/100000818067014 Nee-cee Lakers Hooper

    we gon be good laker fam dont worry!!!

  • lakers_824

    WTFF are u serious this guy couldnt handle new york how the **** he gonna
    handle this group, plus he has no Defense and has no experience of
    winning wwow, even phil was surprised with this one

  • kobe for president

    to be honest i like how they been playing for the last two games i dont know bout D antoni shit since no phill i think they should just let the dude thats coaching now finish the year why not they look like theyre having fun out there now so thats just how i feel

  • http://www.facebook.com/nomar.nitram Nomar Nitram

    Bench COBE R whatever his name is…than u have a REAL TEAM IN THE WORKS! GO MIKE D!

  • gbutchespi

    It is the prerogative of the owners but for me I rather hired Jerry Sloan than D’Antoni as coach. Sloan is more of a offensive and defensive strategist than Mike D’. But still I prefer Phil Jackson. With the owners selection this is another mistake they have made. They should have heard the voices of their players who unanimously prefer Phil than anybody else.

    • TeddyOrwell

      Sure, every player would want Phil. But he didn’t want to coach every road game. He wanted Brian Shaw for an assistant, who is under contract with the Pacers. Sloan was an interesting possibility, but he said the Lakers never talked to him. And is it fair to say D’Antoni can’t coach defense just because he’s never had a defensive oriented team? He’s got Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Pau Gasol on his team. I expect him to show everyone that he can coach defense just fine when he has the players.

  • errndog

    PHIL PHIL PHIL Give him the MOON

  • Kill jim buss

    Some one needs to shoot jim buss in the face & im on my kness right now praying to god that mike d’antonis plane crahese on the way to LA & he dies on impact plese lord I beg you make my prayers come true PS hope d’antonis & jim busses kids die slow too thank you loard amen


    Ive been a laker fan all my life but I dont want to see kobe suffer & not get ring 6 so in 2014 he should sign with the heat or clippers cuse dwight is not gonna resign with the lakers after this bullshit & the clips & heat will win a championship befor the lakers coached by d’antoni & LAKER FANS get redy for the championship drought I think its gona take as long as it took from the show time era to the 2002 threepeat to win another championship sory LAKER fans but its true were lookin at about 10 years befor we n anothe championship butt look on the bright side 2 years have alredy passed so at lest we only have 8 more to go

  • Dr. Rasheed Syed

    @Daniel Buerge_LA (i don’t like twitter)
    In near future please give us info on how the Phoenix Sun fans react to this deal and how they feel about Nash and Mike D.

  • sandra abernathy

    we want phill jackson back and not one of the jackson 5

  • Jovani

    This is like picking kukoc over mj….nonsense

  • AJ

    all the problem we have because of him. he is bad news !

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