News: Lakers Pass On Wale's Offer, Hire New Head Coach

Monday, Nov 12, 2012 9:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly wasted no time in finding a new replacement after Friday's departure of Mike Brown by hiring former New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni to help Kobe Bryant and company.

Reports of the Lakers' new head coach hiring surfaced online late Sunday (November 11) night.

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni late Sunday night, signing the former coach of the Suns and Knicks to replace Mike Brown. The Lakers and D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, confirmed the deal two days after the Lakers fired Brown five games into the season. D'Antoni agreed to a three-year deal worth $12 million, with a team option for a fourth season. D'Antoni got the high-profile job running the 16-time NBA champions only after the club's top brass extensively discussed the job with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. (Fox Sports)

Last week, Lakers star Kobe Bryant issued a statement on Brown's removal.

"Tough day. I've seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I've been playing, it's still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice. As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight's game. We must block out the weight of today's news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability. I'm not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now. Mamba out." (Statement)

Maybach Music Group rapper Wale playfully offered to take on Brown's relieved duties.

". @Lakers I'll coach y'all #getmedoe ha," Wale tweeted Friday (November 9).
"Thanks for considering me... Im all bout Ambition RT @Lakers: @Wale we'll pass along your interest." (Wale's Twitter)

Reports of the former head coach's firing exploded onto the Internet early Friday.

Mike Brown was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in the wake of a 1-4 start with the N.B.A.'s glitziest lineup. Potential replacements include Mike D'Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Nate McMillan. The firing, which was first reported by USA Today, was confirmed by the team in a news release. Although the move was stunningly swift, it reflected the immense expectations in Los Angeles after a transformational summer in which the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, creating one of the most talented lineups in history. (New York Times)

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