Lakers Hire Mike D’Antoni

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2012, file photo, then-New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni gestures in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in  New York. D'Antoni's agent says the Los Angeles Lakers have signed the former coach of the Suns and Knicks to a four-year contract to replace Mike Brown in a deal late Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, two days after the Lakers fired Brown five games into the season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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    Mike Brown’s out. Mike D’Antoni is in. The Los Angeles Lakers have tapped the former Phoenix Suns coach to lead the team after management’s first choice, Phil Jackson, wanted too much money for the job. There’s already some camaraderie established between D’Antoni and new Laker Steve Nash, one of D’Antoni’s former players. “Obviously I think everyone knows how much I love Mike,” Nash said before the choice was announced. “If [D’Antoni] were to coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.”

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