Leaving Hall of Famer Phil Jackson “stunned,” Los Angeles Lakers’ suits unanimously chose offensive wizard Mike D’Antoni to become the organization’s next head coach over the “Zen Master” earlier today.
The 61-year-old D’Antoni, who was last employed by the New York Knicks in March and earned the NBA Coach of the Year award with the Phoenix Suns in 2005, inked a three-year deal worth $12 million to lead the Lakers.
According to numerous reports, the 67-year-old Jackson, the all-time winningest coach in league history with 11 crowns, was bypassed due to the intricacies of his famed triangle offense, outrageous contract demands and desire to periodically skip road games.
Meanwhile, D’Antoni, who has compiled a coaching record of 388-339 since debuting with the Denver Nuggets in 1998, runs an extremely simple and fast-paced offense that is exciting for players and fans alike.
Somewhat concerning for D’Antoni and Los Angeles, the native of West Virginia is also notorious for overseeing horrid defensive squads.
Fortunately for the Lakers, nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Kobe Bryant, four-time NBA All-Defensive First Teamer Dwight Howard and batshit crazy 2004 Defensive Player of the Year Metta World Peace should more than compensate for D’Antoni’s shortcomings.
The Lakers, who have the league’s largest payroll at just more than $100 million, are an extremely talented collection of geriatrics designed to capture the franchise’s 18th Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy this June.
Iconic point guard Steve Nash, four-time All-Star Pau Gasol, two-time All-Star power forward Antawn Jamison and superstars Bryant and Howard will eventually gel under the watchful eye of D’Antoni and prevent the Miami Heat from going back-to-back in the spring.
Although not the quality of Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni is a solid coach who will allow Los Angeles Lakers fans to enter a zen-like state while watching a powerful roster mature into legendary titlists.by