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                    === Lakers name D'Antoni head coach ===
 El  Segundo, CA  (Sports Network)  - The  Los Angeles  Lakers have  named Mike
 D'Antoni their new head coach.
 D'Antoni  will  take over  a team  that has  won two  straight games since the
 firing of Mike Brown after a 1-4 start.
 The  Lakers  said D'Antoni has  signed a  multi-year contract. The Los Angeles
 Times  reported the deal  to be worth $12 million over three years with a club
 option for a fourth season.
 There  was  speculation the Lakers  would bring Phil  Jackson back for a third
 time, but D'Antoni was the choice of team brass early Monday morning.
 The  team's statement  said owner Dr. Jerry Buss, executive vice president Jim
 Buss  and general  manager Mitch Kupchak "were unanimous that D'Antoni was the
 best coach for the team at this time."
 Bernie  Bickerstaff has  guided  the  Lakers to  wins  over  Golden State  and
 Sacramento  as interim  coach. The Times said Bickerstaff would remain in that
 role  until  D'Antoni takes over,  possibly within a  week or two. D'Antoni is
 recovering from knee replacement surgery.
 D'Antoni  has previously  been the  head coach  for Denver,  Phoenix and  most
 recently the New York Knicks. He resigned as Knicks head coach last March with
 team just 18-24, and was 121-167 in nearly four full seasons with New York.
 The  61-year-old  has a record of  388-339 in 10  seasons as a head coach. His
 first  chance came  with Denver in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign, but
 he was there for just that season after a 14-36 mark.
 D'Antoni  then  flourished in  five seasons with  Phoenix from 2003-04 through
 2007-08, guiding the Suns to the playoffs four times. They reached the Western
 Conference finals twice during his tenure, losing to San Antonio in the spring
 of 2005 and falling to Dallas the following year.
 Current Lakers guard Steve Nash led D'Antoni's high-powered offense in Phoenix
 and was the league MVP in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
 Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant also worked with D'Antoni this summer on the U.S.
 Olympic  team.  D'Antoni was an  assistant coach for a  team that won the gold
 medal at the London Games.
 Jackson,  though, was considered the clear front-runner for the job. According
 to  various reports,  he had a list  of demands that ranged from not traveling
 with the club on certain road trips to skipping shoot-arounds.
 In  two previous  stints with the Lakers, Jackson guided the franchise to five
 titles.  He  spent five  seasons as  head coach  from 1999-2004, winning three
 titles,  then sat out a year before returning for a six-year run that featured
 back-to-back championships.
 Brown  was the choice  to replace Jackson in May 2011 and led Los Angeles to a
 record  of  41-25 in the  lockout-shortened 2011-12 season with a second-round
 playoff exit prior to this year's disastrous start.
 11/12 08:19:07 ET

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