Former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni will become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the club officially announced Monday noon. D'Antoni takes over a team that was previously led by Mike Brown, who was fired last week after a poor 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season. According to reports, D'Antoni receives a three-year deal worth $12 million with a club option in the fourth year.
“After speaking with several excellent and well-respected coaching candidates, Dr. Buss, Jim and I all agreed that Mike was the right person at this time to lead the Lakers forward,” said Lakers General Mitch Kupchak in a prepared statement. “Knowing his style of play and given the current make-up of our roster, we feel Mike is a great fit, are excited to have him as our next head coach and hope he will help our team reach its full potential.”
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