After a 1-4 start, the Los Angeles Lakers made a surprise decision last Friday by firing Mike Brown–who just didn’t seem like a good fit with the team from the beginning when he came on board prior to last season. While all signs pointed to Phil Jackson coming out of retirement to coach the Lakers again, the team went with a surprise move instead–hiring Mike D’Antoni.
Los Angeles came to an agreement with their new head coach late Sunday night with a three-year deal worth $12 million with an option for a fourth year. What makes this situation even more interesting–Jackson appeared ready to accept the job based off a few more negotiations.
Sure, bringing on a coach like Jackson should be a no-brainer for most teams, but D’Antoni seems to be the better fit for the long run. Jackson has too many health concerns at this point in his career and the chance of him being limited to certain travel restrictions would have been a huge reason for concern.
With a roster consisting of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, and Metta World Peace, there’s no question the Lakers have one of the most talented teams in the NBA and should be a strong contender in the Western Conference. However, the first five games made it clear that something wasn’t working correctly with the coaching staff and hopefully the addition of D’Antoni can get this team to playing at the high level everybody expected them to be at when the regular season started.
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