EL SEGUNDOÂ â€“ The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Mike Dâ€™Antoni to a multi-year contract as head coach, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
â€œAfter speaking with several excellent and well-respected coaching candidates, Dr. Buss, Jim and I all agreed that Mike was the right person at this time to lead the Lakers forward,â€ said Kupchak. â€œKnowing his style of play and given the current make-up of our roster, we feel Mike is a great fit, are excited to have him as our next head coach and hope he will help our team reach its full potential.â€
Dâ€™Antoni, who becomes the 24th head coach in franchise history and 20th in the Los Angeles era, owns a 388-339 (.534) overall NBA head coaching record in 10 seasons with Denver, Phoenix and New York.
Prior to joining the Lakers, Dâ€™Antoni most recently served as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski on the gold medal-winning US Menâ€™s National Basketball Team during the 2012 London Olympics. In what was his second stint with the Menâ€™s Senior National Team, Dâ€™Antoni was also an assistant coach for Team USAâ€™s gold medal run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Hired to become the 24th head coach in Knicks franchise history on May 13, 2008, Dâ€™Antoni guided the 2010-11 team to their first winning season since 2000-01 and concluded his four-year tenure in New York with a 121-167 (.420) overall record. In each of his three full seasons on the Knicks bench, his teams finished in the Top 10 league-wide in scoring (4th in 2009, 9th in 2010 and 2nd in 2011).
Prior to joining the Knicks, Dâ€™Antoni spent five seasons with the Phoenix Suns (2003-08), compiling a 253-136 (.650) overall record. In his four full seasons as head coach in Phoenix (2004-08), Dâ€™Antoni was named 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Suns to a franchise record 62-20 (.756) mark, posted four straight 50-plus win seasons (two 60-plus win seasons), won three Pacific Division titles and a recorded a 232-96 (.707) record over that span.
Dâ€™Antoni, who also spent four years in the NBA as a player and another 13 playing in Italy, made his NBA head coaching debut with the Denver Nuggets during the lockout shortened 1998-99 season. After posting a 14-36 (.280) record in one season with Denver, he moved on to Portland, where he served one season as an assistant coach (2000-01). Returning to coach one final season in Italy (2001-02), where he had previously coached for seven years from 1990-97, Dâ€™Antoni came back to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Suns in 2002 and served in that capacity until assuming head coaching duties 21 games into the 2003-04 season.