In a plot twist that would have movie executives in Hollywood envious, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni to a three-year, $12 million deal, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.
That obviously means that the "Zen Master" Phil Jackson will not make his third trip back to his high chair at Staples Center as Lakers coach. Details are still being solidified, but multiple sources including Marc J. Spears with Yahoo! Sports are reporting Jackson's demands of a $10 million-plus salary, travel restrictions for road games, as well as greater input in personnel decisions were too much for the Buss family.
So, that means the man affectionately (or not) known as "Mr. Pringles" is the newest man in the Lakers coaching hot seat. There will be some resentment surely as most of Southern California and Lakers Nation at large anticipated Jackson's third go-round in Los Angeles.
But the man who's system and style of play helped elevate Steve Nash to a two-time NBA MVP and has been given the proverbial vote of confidence by Kobe Bryant is the new guy to help this win-now Lakers team bring home title number 17.
Except, he's not going to be the man to do it. I don't want to be a wet blanket before the ink is dry on his deal, but D'Antoni's stint in Los Angeles will ultimately bear no championship fruit for hungry Laker fans.
Here are my reasons why.