Lakers hire Mike D’Antoni As Head Coach
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES — The Lakers hired former Phoenix and New York coach Mike D’Antoni on Sunday night, his agent confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
The deal, according to agent Warren LeGarie, is for four years. Financial terms were not immediately known. The decision will serve as a shocking development for Lakers fans who were clamoring for the return of Phil Jackson. The former Lakers coach met with team officials on Saturday and was believed to be on his way back after the Friday firing of Mike Brown.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the story.
The Lakers, in their second game under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, downed Sacramento 103-90 on Sunday night to improve to 3-4.