D'Antoni costs less than Phil. Word on at Staples Center and the internet is that Jackson was not only asking for an eight figure salary, but a contract that was full of stipulations that included coaching only home games and leaving at halftime or the third quarter if he had a dinner date with the boss' sister Jeanie Buss. All D'Antoni wants is a place in Manhattan Beach and a livable salary that'll be enough to pay for the new California taxes recently approved by voters.
4 People Skills
D'Antoni will get along with the L.A. celebs and cater to the media circus. Expect regular appearances on Kimmel and Leno. Famed Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke will write tons of slobbering pieces on him and his family, and his life as an Italian American. Infamous Times columnist T.J. Simers will write stories on how the underachieving D'Antoni can't win with this team of underachieving, overpaid simpletons.
Kobe idolized D'Antoni growing up as a shooting guard playing professional ball in Italy, meaning they both speak Italian. Sounds like a win-win. Soon they'll have the entire team speaking Italian. That will work well when they travel to places like San Antonio, Atlanta and Indianapolis.
2 Player's Coach
D'Antoni is a player's coach on a particularly egocentric team who has a great relationship with Steve Nash already established. In New York he had to deal with Carmelo Anthony, which is no small challenge. Plus, the Lakers have gotten rid of one of the team's biggest headaches in Andrew Bynum. It should be smooth sailing for everyone involved.
1 Family Matters
Jim Buss's ego is even bigger than that of his players and he needed to put his stamp on the team as it being his and not daddy's anymore. If he wins with D'Antoni, it is his move and his team. If he won with Jackson, he would still walk in the shadow of daddy.
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