Lakers Will Give Mike D’Antoni a Longer Leash Than They Did Mike Brown

November 20th, 2012 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
After the farce that was the Los Angeles Lakers coaching search that yielded them Mike D'Antoni as the replacement for Mike Brown, rather than Phil Jackson, we can finally get back down to business and see what D'Antoni can do on the sidelines.

I suppose the only question left is how long D'Antoni has before the Lakers start to light a fire under his belly with talks of a return of the "Zen Master."

Brown coached in just 83 games for the Lakers, including his foray into the postseason with the team last season, so D'Antoni could conceivably surpass that number this season.

The only question is how much the Los Angeles front office is going to let him get away with.

D'Antoni joked about just that before Tuesday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets:

D'Antoni on sitting in Phil's elevated chair tonight: "I hope its my chair now. Maybe I'm keeping it warm."

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 21, 2012

Lakers coaches not named Phil Jackson haven't had a very good track record ever since Jackson took over in 1999 with four different men taking on the job before D'Antoni, all lasting a combined 17 ...

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