After overcoming numerous injuries and a few coaching changes, the Los Angeles Lakers have made the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.
Despite the sentiment of a significant amount of Lakers fans, coach Mike D’Antoni has been a major part of the Lakers success down the stretch and the NBA has noticed.
Today, D’Antoni was named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for April. D’Antoni led the Lakers to a 7-1 record in April, which is tied with the Nuggets and the Clippers for the best record in the Western Conference over that stretch.
The Lakers ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak to make the playoffs. The Lakers had wins over four playoff teams in the month of April, including Memphis, Golden State, San Antonio, and Houston.
Mike D’Antoni has been forced to change his offensive schemes multiple times this season to counteract the devastating injuries the Lakers have sustained. April has been especially difficult for the Lakers coach as D’Antoni has had to deal with the loss of his starting backcourt, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant.
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The former Scarlet Knight attended Rutgers in the mid-70s and was considered for the Rutgers job in 2010 but lost out to the infamous, former Rutgers coach Mike Rice.
Jordan was hired by former Lakers coach Mike Brown and GM Mitch Kupchak this past summer. Jordan was brought to Los Angeles to implement his famed “Princeton Offense” to the Lakers but the offensive failures early in the season eventually led to the coaching change after only five games.
It is reportedly a five-year deal, worth around $1 million per year.
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