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Lakers hire Mike D'Antoni as coach

6:48 AM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers hired former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni on Sunday night, his agent confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The deal, according to agent Warren LeGarie, is for four years. A person with knowledge of D'Antoni's deal said it will pay him a combined $12 million in three guaranteed seasons and includes a team option in the fourth. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because financial terms are not disclosed by the team.

The decision serves as a shocking development for Lakers fans who were clamoring for the return of Phil Jackson. The former Lakers coach met with team officials on Saturday and was thought to be on his way back after the Friday firing of Mike Brown.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the story.

The Lakers, in their second game under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, downed the Sacramento Kings 103-90 Sunday night to improve to 3-4.

USA TODAY

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