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Lakers plump for Mike D’Antoni as new head coach

Posted on 12/11/2012 in NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers have surprisingly appointed former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown as head coach.

It had been thought that legendary former coach Phil Jackson would be the frontrunner for the job to boost the ailing Lakers, who had started the new NBA season 1-4 before Brown was relieved of his duties.

A league source told ESPN that D'Antoni had agreed to three-year deal worth $12 million (£7.55 million), with the option of extending it to a fourth year.

It is thought that while Jackson's famed triangle offense benefited Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, it would not have the same effect on point guard Steve Nash or star center Dwight Howard.

The source said Jackson was "stunned" at not being appointed as he had been led to believe the job was his to turn down.

Having played under D'Antoni at the Suns, Nash said prior to the appointment yesterday (November 11th): "Obviously I think everyone knows how much I love Mike. If (D'Antoni) were to coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me."

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