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May 27, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Congratulatory messages must have been choking the in-box of Mike Brown's phone the last few days, offering best wishes and, at the same time, varying notes of caution. After all, what can you possibly say when someone is hired for one of the highest-profile jobs in sports, and is also replacing a coaching legend? Talk about what must be the ultimate in no-win situations, trying to follow the glided path of someone named Phil Jackson and his 11 NBA championships. "It's funny you say that because I texted Mike Brown last night," remarked TNT analyst and former Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr.
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni, along with General Manager Mitch Kupchak, met with the team's players over the past 48 hours for exit interviews at the Lakers' practice facility. The job status of D'Antoni, who is under contract for next season, wasn't discussed. "We haven't had a meeting yet," said D'Antoni.  "We're off for Easter vacation, and then we'll probably get together sometime [after]. " The Lakers finished with a 27-55 record after an NBA-high 319 player games missed due to injury, including Kobe Bryant, who made just six appearances, dealing with Achilles and knee issues.
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October 25, 2013 | By Claire Noland and Jerry Crowe
Bill Sharman, an All-Star guard for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s who became coach of the Lakers and led the team to its first NBA championship in Los Angeles in record-setting fashion, died Friday. He was 87. Sharman, who suffered a stroke last week, died at his home in Redondo Beach, said his wife, Joyce. Sharman was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976 and as a coach in 2004, joining John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as the only men honored in both roles, and in 1996 was selected as one of the 50 greatest players of the NBA's first 50 years.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse. As the losses pile up at a record-setting rate, the Lakers coach often responds with humor while fielding reporters' questions. It's sometimes self-deprecating and usually followed by a laugh, his way of coping with a season to be remembered for two things: many injuries, many losses. "You've got to be careful because if you get in these situations it doesn't help to swing wildly and just take everybody down," D'Antoni said.
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November 14, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The greatest coach in Lakers' history, by winning percentage, lost his first game Tuesday night. Bernie Bickerstaff, acting as interim head coach between the Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni eras, saw his perfect record fall to 2-1 with an 84-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Pat Riley regains the lead on the all-time list with a 73.3% regular-season winning percentage (533-194). Second is Jack McKinney, back in 1979, whose brief 14-game stint (10-4) edges him (71.4%) over both Paul Westhead and Phil Jackson.
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February 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Longtime Lakers fans might want to visit Staples Center on Tuesday to meet Hall of Famer and former coach Bill Sharman. Sharman guided the Lakers to their first championship in Los Angeles with Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain in 1972. He'll be on hand with former Los Angeles Times scribe Steve Springer, signing copies of Springer's new book " 100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. " The book details what it says are the team's most "critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches and teams that are part of the storied history that is Lakers basketball.
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May 28, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
We knew it all along, Lamar Odom a rope-a-dope expert, just waiting for the right time to deliver the knockout. We, and of course I'm talking about Phil and I, have always believed in Lamar when so many others have given up on him. There's almost a kinship here, Phil and I together on this from day one, while so many others long ago threw up their hands in disappointment. As a result, we win -- we win, as if it was going to end any other way on our home court. Take that Plaschke. Heisler.
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May 9, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
The Lakers have to fill a very big void now that Coach Phil Jackson is walking away into retirement — again. The decision on the new Lakers coach will be made by owner Jerry Buss, his son Jim Buss, the team's executive vice president of player personnel, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak. The Lakers can only hope this hire turns out better than the last time they replaced Jackson. The Lakers hired Rudy Tomjanovich as coach, but he lasted only 41 games into the 2004-05 season before leaving because of health problems.
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November 13, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
History could have been different if Phil Jackson had said he was ready to coach the Lakers while meeting informally with two team executives on Saturday morning. He might be the Lakers' coach right now, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday. "We would have gone back immediately and gone back and holed up with Dr. [Jerry] Buss and decided what we were going to do that day," Kupchak said. Instead, Jackson asked Kupchak and team executive Jim Buss for two more days to think about a return after an 18-month layoff.
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May 28, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Imagine the paper boy growing up to become publisher, or the next-door nerd starting a social network empire from his basement. If it weren't so serious, you know, and the free world weren't at stake, the hiring of Mike Brown as Lakers coach might be more lovingly embraced, if only for the sheer preposterousness of the premise. Born March 5, 1970, in Columbus Ohio … Son of a military man … attended high school in Germany … played junior college in Mesa, Ariz. … transferred to University of San Diego … averaged 7.6 points per game as a senior….
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers fans lost one of their favorite chants earlier this season, the "M-V-P" mantra reserved for the still-injured Kobe Bryant . They lost another one Friday. Phil Jackson joined the New York Knicks' front office as team president, taking away his chances of returning to the Lakers and presumably the "We Want Phil" chant that popped in and out of Staples Center since Coach Mike Brown was fired. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni heard them plenty of times since getting hired but said he didn't feel relieved with Jackson out of the picture.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The look on Coach Mike D'Antoni's face said it all while Steve Nash took part in an individual workout Thursday morning. "He's not going to play," D'Antoni said glumly. "It doesn't make any sense for him to come back for 15 games, whatever. " Nash is done for this season, one day after the Lakers officially terminated the chances of Kobe Bryant coming back before their April 16 regular-season finale. The Lakers (22-42) have 18 games remaining, including Thursday at Oklahoma City.
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January 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
None of this entered Kendall Marshall's thoughts in his wildest, most optimistic moments. The former first-round draft washout is now the Lakers' starting point guard. Two weeks ago, he was with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. Coach Mike D'Antoni made it official Thursday, giving Marshall the nod at point over veteran shooting guard Jodie Meeks after Jordan Farmar was declared out for four weeks because of a torn hamstring. "Stuff is happening pretty fast," Marshall said.
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December 27, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers have spent plenty of time in the TV glare over the years, continually logging the maximum number of games allowed by the NBA on national TV. But this week they got a cold, hard stare from the NBA and ESPN, which decided in conjunction to drop planned coverage of a Lakers game on ESPN against the Houston Rockets in favor of a Phoenix-Minnesota game on Jan. 8. Stranded at the TV altar? "They'll rue the day," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said jokingly, all but shaking his fist at the sky Friday morning.
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December 23, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  PHOENIX - If he ever wants to forget the chaos of last season or the frantic few years he spent coaching the New York Knicks, Mike D'Antoni can always remember his time in the desert. He was a Robert Horry hip check from coaching a deep playoff run with the Phoenix Suns, the franchise where he made his mark with a run-and-gun system that turned Steve Nash into a two-time league most valuable player. He's come back here enough since leaving in 2008 that it's another ordinary step in an 82-game schedule.
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November 14, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni landed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, settling in at an undisclosed hotel and taking a meeting with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. It's a little backward to accept a three-year, $12-million job before sitting down with your bosses, but that's what happens when you're laid up in New York because of recent knee-replacement surgery. The new Lakers coach has some busy days ahead. He will conduct his first practice with the team Thursday and also be formally introduced at a news conference in the afternoon.
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November 10, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
May 25, 2011: Lakers agree to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. The decision to hire Brown to replace Phil Jackson was made mostly by Jim Buss, son of team owner Jerry Buss. Brown posted a 272-138 record in five seasons with the Cavaliers and LeBron James, but he failed to win a championship and was fired after the 2010 season. Other finalists for the Lakers coaching job were longtime assistant coach Brian Shaw and veteran NBA coach Rick Adelman. May 31, 2011: "We are not going to run the triangle offense," Brown said at his introductory news conference, referring to Jackson's offensive scheme.
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December 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers finally got a win with Kobe Bryant on the floor in Week 7, but the team's woes at point guard continued. Already down Steve Nash (back) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring), the Lakers lost Steve Blake for at least six weeks  to an elbow injury. Blake played Tuesday with the ligament tear, dishing out 10 assists with nine points, but the Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns 114-108 . Bryant was hard on himself, but after watching film of his debut last Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, he raised his grade from an 'F' to a 'D' . Coach Mike D'Antoni blamed the team's defense for the losses by noting, " In the paint, we're awful . " Bryant improved incrementally  against the Suns, but Pau Gasol had a difficult time, struggling defensively . As a team, the Lakers are among the best in three-point field-goal percentage , but their true issue has been on the defensive end. Losses pushed the Lakers down to 12th place in the Western Conference , with a difficult road trip ahead  (and no available true point guards)
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November 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Initially, the Lakers weren't crying over spilled soda. In fact, Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't even know New Jersey's Jason Kidd intentionally dumped a drink on the court late in Wednesday's game to try to get a quick word with his players despite being out of timeouts. But D'Antoni didn't like the move after he realized what Kidd did. Kidd was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his actions. "You can't do that. That's crazy," D'Antoni said Friday.
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