November 13, 2012
The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni late Sunday night, spurning former coach Phil Jackson, whose contract demands apparently were too steep. D'Antoni signed a three-year deal for $12 million, with the team holding an option for a fourth year, according to the Los Angeles Times. His debut on the Lakers bench could be delayed a few weeks while he recovers from knee-replacement surgery. D'Antoni had his greatest success in Phoenix with point guard Steve Nash, who now plays for the Lakers.
November 22, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Ever since Mike D'Antoni got a new knee and a new job in rapid succession earlier this month, his life has been a jumble of unfamiliar faces, grueling rehabilitation sessions, and anonymous hotel rooms. For a few hours Tuesday night, the veteran coach finally got back into his natural environment. And even if D'Antoni is not quite ready to roam an NBA sideline with his usual vigor, the Los Angeles Lakers are moving smoothly under his command. D'Antoni made his debut on the Lakers' bench Tuesday night in a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
March 15, 2012
Amar'e Stoudemire made all seven shots in the first half, Carmelo Anthony passed and shot well, and the New York Knicks shook off the surprising departure of coach Mike D'Antoni to rout the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-79, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, snapping a six-game losing streak. Anthony, who denied wanting a trade or having friction with D'Antoni earlier in the day, had 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and tied a season high with seven assists. Stoudemire finished with 17 points and shot 8 of 10 before both stars sat out the fourth quarter while the Knicks rang up their highest point total of the season.
September 23, 1998 |
John Lucas is back in the NBA, surfacing yesterday as the lead assistant on new coach Mike D'Antoni's staff with the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets introduced D'Antoni as the successor to Bill Hanzlik, who was fired at the end of last season. D'Antoni, in turn, named holdover Mike Evans and former NBA and ABA guard Louie Dampier as the other assistants. Lucas was the 76ers' vice president of basketball operations, general manager and coach in 1994-95 and '95-96, but had been out of the league the last two seasons.
March 17, 2012
Tyson Chandler scored 16 points, Jeremy Lin had 13, and the New York Knicks rolled to their second straight dominant victory under Mike Woodson, beating the visiting Indiana Pacers 115-100 on Friday night in the opener of a home-and-home series. Two nights after beating Portland by 42 on the day Mike D'Antoni resigned, New York shut down Pacers star Danny Granger, who had angered them by saying Friday and Saturday were two "very winnable games. " Hornets to stay in Big Easy The Hornets and State of Louisiana announced an agreement in principle that would keep the team, which is currently owned by the league, in the New Orleans Arena through 2024 and pump in about $50 million in improvements.
December 14, 2012 |
CARMELO ANTHONY scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, 116-107, on Thursday night in coach Mike D'Antoni's return to Madison Square Garden. Firing in three-pointers and moving the ball to open shooters, things they often struggled to do under D'Antoni, the Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
December 8, 2012
David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and the Golden State Warriors gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets, 109-102, on Friday night. Lee scored six straight points to break open a tie game midway through the fourth quarter, and Curry had 21 in the second half for the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games. Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far from where Jackson became a New York City star.
November 22, 2012
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks extended the undermanned Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night in New Orleans. Raymond Felton added 15 points, making five three-pointers for New York, which hit 14 as a team. Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won championships.
December 26, 2012
The NBA's hottest team will be playing at home in Los Angeles - and it's the Clippers, not the Lakers. There's a Finals rematch in Miami, a holiday matinee in Brooklyn, Kobe vs. the Knicks, and the 20th anniversary of one of Michael Jordan's most memorable games in Chicago. Welcome to Christmas, NBA style. A five-game slate makes up the NBA's Christmas Day schedule, which this year comes with the additional bonus of not being the first day back after a lockout forced the cancellation of the opening portion of last season.
June 5, 2014 |
Larry Brown didn't sound like a coach who's in a hurry to get back to the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers have discussed reaching out to Brown, who coached the 76ers from 1997 to 2003 and led them to the 2001 Finals, about their vacant head coaching job, ESPN reported. During a telephone interview Tuesday, Brown did not discuss the Lakers, but he did offer some comments about coaching in the NBA that suggest he's not planning to leave Southern Methodist, where he has spent the last two years.