On March 14th, with his team in the midst of a post-Linsanity dive and Carmelo Anthony in more-or-less open revolt, Mike D'Antoni resigned as head coach of the Knicks. Eight months later, he beat out Phil Jackson - the guy that has coached 11 NBA champions - to replace Mike Brown as head coach of the Lakers. Did the Buss family make the right call? Hard to say... but D'Antoni has several things going for him.
- He'll be reunited with Steve Nash. That's a big deal... in their four years together in Phoenix, Nash won two MVP awards, D'Antoni was named NBA Coach of the Year, and the Suns reached the West Finals twice.
- Kobe Bryant is a D'Antoni fan - and has been since he was a kid, growing up in Italy (where his dad was playing professionally) and D'Antoni was the star point guard for Olimpia Milano.
- He also has experience with Bryant - and Dwight Howard - having worked with both as part of Mike Krzyzewski's USA Basketball coaching staff.