How else could someone explain the hiring of Mike D’Antoni as the new coach of the Lake Show? That’s right, internet. We were on it from the very beginning. And as you can imagine, we stand by our prior advice and endorse this hire.
The only negative issue resulting from this situation appears to be a mishandling of communication with Phil Jackson. Phil was apparently under the impression that the job was his to turn down, an impression, given his five Lakers rings, I think he was reasonable in having. But the Lakers moved quickly (as Deadspin notes, in seven seconds or less) and didn’t give Phil the opportunity to decide one way or the other. That’s a shitty move. When combined with past instances of questionable personnel management (hiring Mike Brown without discussing options with Kobe first, firing Mike Brown nanoseconds after telling the press “I have no problems with Mike Brown at all“) the Jim Buss era of Lakers management seems little interested in diplomacy. This may have detrimental consequences in the future, especially as people with hurt feelings disseminate out into the League. But for now, its a great day in Laker Land.