(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed with Mike D’Antoni on a four-year contract to become their new head coach, according to his agent.
Warren LeGarie confirmed the deal to ESPNLosAngeles.com. D’Antoni will take over the team after Mike Brown was fired after only five games.
The move comes after rumors that Phil Jackson was the favorite to return to the team he won five NBA championships with. Jackson was to give the team his decision on Monday.
D’Antoni, the former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach, has a great deal of experience coaching point guard Steve Nash in Phoenix and Kobe Bryant on the U.S. Olympic team. “Obviously I think everyone knows how much I love Mike,” Nash had said. “If (D’Antoni) were to coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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