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Lakers hire D’antoni in a surprising move this morning, It seemed to most people Phil Jackson was the man for the job. Lakers Interviewed Jackson Saturday saying it was his job to lose. It was reported that Jackson would accept coaching gig in fact Phil Jackson agent was headed to L.A. this morning to negotiate the deal but before that happened Lakers called Phil Jackson and told him that they decided to go in another direction.Jackson who wanted full control of basketball operations and restrictions on him having to travel to away games due to his health.
Nash and D’Antoni won at least 54 games each season and reached two Western Conference finals — and they eliminated Bryant’s Lakers from the first round of the playoffs in 2006 and 2007, still the only first-round exits of Kobe’s 17-year career.
D’Antoni then coached New York to just one playoff appearance and no postseason victories. He also coached the Denver Nuggets during the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.
But his NBA accomplishments can’t measure up to Jackson, who won five titles and reached seven NBA finals during two stints totaling 11 seasons with Los Angeles.
Jackson according to sources was shocked that they Lakers went with D’antoni.Its safe to say everybody was shocked by this move.
I love PJ but I’m very excited about D’Antoni,” Kobe Bryant told ESPN early Monday.
Bryant idolized D’Antoni while growing up in Italy, where D’Antoni was a star player for Olimpia Milano in the Italian pro league. D’Antoni also has been an assistant coach on various U.S. national teams featuring Bryant, including the gold medal-winning squad at the London Olympics.
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