The new and somewhat surprising replacement head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D’Antoni is about to take over a team desperate for a somewhat competent coach. The team which oozes with talent is off to an abysmal start, and is ready to see D’Antoni reunited with his longtime PG, Steve Nash. It remains to be seen if the Lakers are ready to take on a :07 second or less philosophy, but they’ll surely be ready to do something different than they’ve been doing under Mike Brown.
For D’Antoni, the Lakers gig will represent his third chance in the NBA. Though his stint with the Knicks didn’t go quite as planned, D’Antoni had a long run of relative success with Nash and the Phoenix Suns. Mike D’Antoni and wife Laurel D’Antoni and family live in Rye, NY, which is definitely a slower pace of life than Los Angeles. As he heads to LA, his time may not be completely wasted, as he and his family now have experience in a major media market under his belt.
This job move represents an even stranger move considering that D’Antoni just spent a week living in a Westchester, NY retirement home. According to an article on SI.com, after Hurricane Sandy took out power to the D’Antoni’s home last week, Laurel found a room at the home for Mike, as he’d recently had a knee replacement and is still on crutches.
Mike and Laurel were married in 1984 after originally meeting in Italy while Mike was playing basketball.