Mike D’antoni, not Phil Jackson, hired in Hollywood

Mike D’Antoni was hired this morning as the next Lakers coach

What just happened? I thought it was going to be “Phil Jackson and the Lakers” part 3. This morning the Lakers announced that Mike D’Antoni would become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The jury is still out on how I feel about this new signing. But as a Lakers fan, I have to assume that the Lakers brass made the right decision. There were many rumors over the weekend about the head coaching vacancy being “Phil Jackson’s to turn down.” Maybe it was the fact that Phil was asking for too much control of the team, but was this the right decision?

While many disagree with the hiring, I think it could be the boost that this Lakers team needs. D’Antoni features a explosive offensive attack, something that can boost the Lakers, because this offense has the talent to dominate the Western Conference. I think Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant’s familiarity with Coach D’Antoni will pay dividends.

But there are drawbacks. D’Antoni is a proven winner in the Regular Season, but hasn’t been past the Conference Finals. Getting elminited there during his peak while coaching the Suns. Another huge flaw, is that he doesn’t preach defense. But with all the talent on this squad, they can possibly get away with an average defense, with Dwight Howard protecting the paint.

It is still early in the season and the change to D’Antoni’s system should be seamless. But will it be enough to put the Lakers over the top in the Western Conference? The first game is tomorrow night against the San Antonio Spurs, a good immediate test for the Lake Show.

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