Posted November 14, 2012

New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni: “If we’re not in the hunt, then I’ve failed”

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New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is set to take over the team sometime this week. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni knows that the expectations are high this season for his team to contend for an NBA championship. D’Antoni says he understands what he needs to do and is ready to accept the challenge.

“I’m going to do everything I can do to win a championship,” D’Antoni said Tuesday on ESPN radio. “If we’re not at least in the hunt, a serious hunt, then I’ve failed as a head coach. I’m comfortable with that.”

“I was surprised in the sense that it seemed like a natural fit,” D’Antoni said. “But you never know what happens, so I’m not here to judge one way or the other. I know he’s a great coach. Has been, will be, one of the best if not the best ever.”

D’Antoni was hired Sunday night before former Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he had an opportunity to give the team an answer about his desire for the job on Monday. The Lakers enter tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with a 3-4 record.


2 comments
Dp
Dp

d'antoni is a joke.

the lakers might as well have hired snooki.

Whatever
Whatever

The only reason Phil Jackson didn't "have an opportunity" to give the team an answer about his desire for the Lakers job is because he hadn't yet finished adding up all the ways he was going to extort the Lakers out of an ownership stake, a cut of season tickets, 10% of concessions, half of all parking, and a purple Chevy Caprice with yellow leather and yellow shag headliner. Hey Phil, when a coach gets fired midseason (or barely out of preseason), you don't have a couple of weeks to mull it over!