D’Antoni: No further changes coming to Lakers coaching staff
By Ben Golliver
The only change: He hired his brother. Other than that, the Lakers’ coaching staff will remain the same.
New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told ESPNLA.com on Wednesday that he will not make any additions or subtractions to the coaching staff he inherited from Mike Brown, who was fired after just five games earlier this month. D’Antoni did hire his brother and longtime adviser, Dan D’Antoni, but everything else will remain status quo.
“They’re good coaches. I know almost all of them anyway. They work extremely hard. We are in a lot. I just felt like, ‘They’re here, they’re good, why change it?’” D’Antoni told ESPNLosAngeles.com before the Lakers played the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
… “I think we’re good. We don’t need anybody. These guys are good. I’m not going to say that because it makes me feel good. These guys are good, they deserve to be here.”
The coaches who will remain: Bernie Bickerstaff, who stepped in as interim coach after Brown was fired and before D’Antoni took over, Chuck Person, Steve Clifford, Eddie Jordan and Darvin Ham. That group all was hired during Brown’s tenure, which began in May 2011. Person was hired in July 2011, Ham was hired in October 2011 and Bickerstaff, Clifford and Jordan were all hired in September 2012.
D’Antoni reportedly signed a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $12 million, with a team option on the final season. The Lakers are 1-1 since he officially took the reins before Tuesday night’s win over the Nets. The Lakers were 4-1 under Bickerstaff.
Former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was linked to a possible assistant job under D’Antoni, as the two men were assistant coaches for USA Basketball during gold medal runs in 2008 and 2012, but that apparently did not develop.