Earlier in the evening, out west, the chants at Staples were, "We want Phil! We want Phil!" as L.A. throttled Sacramento. A return of the Zen Master seemed imminent.
It remains to be seen how the Lakers faithful will react to getting Jackson's mustached rival instead. There's a lot to hash out, and there are many pros and cons in such a surprising decision.
As power shifts from elder Jerry Buss to younger Jim Buss, the Lakers' choices are sure getting more intriguing—not to mention faster, bigger and bolder.
Read on to see the winners and losers from D'Antoni's arrival in L.A.