NBA News Update: Lakers Pass On Phil Jackson, Hire Mike D’Antoni As New Coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers have found their replacement for the recently fired Mike Brown, and no, it’s not Phil Jackson. In a move that was announced late Sunday night, Mike D’Antoni will be handed the reigns by the Lakers to right the ship and get the team back to elite status and compete for an NBA title. The deal is expected to be for three years and worth about $12 million, with a team option for a possible fourth season. Make no mistake about it, this job was Phil Jackson’s for the taking, but apparently talks broke down between the two and the Lakers immediately turned to Mike D’Antoni, which he graciously excepted without hesitation. Jackson meet with Jerry and Jim Buss along with GM Mitch Kupchak for a possible third stint as head coach for the organization. But, in the end, the Lakers agreed on D’Antoni – factoring in his fast-paced offense along with his relationship with Steve Nash as a much better fit for this roster than the triangle offense that is run by the 11-time championship coach. While having a tremendous reputation for his offense, D’Antoni, 61 has his players put out solid defensive efforts each and every night they take to the hardwood. Most recently, D’Antoni coached the Phoenix Suns from 2003 to 2008, followed by a stint with the New York Knicks that lasted from 2008-2012 before resigning in March. One thing for sure, bettors should key in on totals when the Lakers take the court with D’Antoni at the helm. Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.