In an unexpected twist, ESPNLA.com is reporting the Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni, not Phil Jackson, to be their next head coach.
From all accounts Phil was just “asking for the moon” and the Lakers were unable to come to an agreement with him.
For the complete story, check it out at ESPNLA.com.
According to ESPN.com, the Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown, after the Lakers’ Western Conference worst start at 1-4.
No word on a permanent replacement, but word is assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the team in the interim. The Lakers start a six-game homestand at Staples Center tonight against the Golden St. Warriors.
Let the Phil Jackson rumors start to swirl!
While the season definitely didn’t end the way the Lakers or its fans expected, with a stunning Conference Semi-Finals sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, several Lakers did win some NBA postseason league awards that are worth noting.
Sixth Man of the Year - Lamar Odom (1st)
First Team All-NBA – Kobe Bryant (9th, 6th straight season)
First Team All-NBA Defense – Kobe Bryant (9th, 6th straight season)
Second Team All-NBA – Pau Gasol (1st)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award – Ron Artest (1st)