OFFICIAL: Los Angeles Lakers Hired New Head Coach Mike D’Antoni a Four-Year Contract. The Los Angeles Times first reported D’Antoni’s hiring. LA Lakers are expected to officially announce D’Antoni’s hiring on Monday.
LA Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni as their next coach, passing on another reunion with Phil Jackson, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The decision came late Sunday, one day after Lakers officials met with Jackson to discuss the possibility of him becoming the franchise’s coach a third time. Jackson, league sources said, was seeking greater personnel control, a relaxed travel schedule and a two-year contract that would pay him at least $10 million a season.
D’Antoni, 61, received a four-year contract from the Lakers. He recently underwent knee surgery and is awaiting doctors’ clearance as to when he can travel to Los Angeles and begin coaching. A firm timetable for his return has yet to be established.