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Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (64) / 5/8/1951
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190

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According to ESPN's Marc Stein, there is "active buzz" that Mike D'Antoni will be on Phoenix's list of potential head coaches if and when Jeff Hornacek is fired.
It would be a nice if Hornacek didn't have to hear speculation about his possible replacement while he still has the job, but that's a different story entirely. D'Antoni has a long history in Phoenix so this report isn't a surprise, and given the Suns' current situation, it makes you wonder if Jerry Colangelo and D'Antoni would have been better off just waiting it out than recently joining the Philadelphia 76ers. Jan 4 - 9:31 AM

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Mike D'Antoni has reached an agreement with the 76ers to join Brett Brown's staff as an associate head coach.

The 76ers are 1-26 by design, but it's a smart move by Philly and it should be noted that new chairman Jerry Colangelo had a lot to with this decision. It's possible that is the first of many changes we will see in Philly moving forward, but to be clear, Brown's job is safe after recently signing an extension.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:07:00 AM

New 76ers chairman Jerry Colangelo is reportedly in talks with Mike D'Antoni to join Brett Brown's coaching staff as an associate head coach.

To be clear, D'Antoni poses no threat to Brown (Brown just signed an extension that will keep him in Philly through the 2018-19 season), but he does want to get back into coaching, and spending some time on the 76ers bench could enhance his chances of landing that next head coaching gig. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 12:47:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni met with the Nuggets to discuss the franchise’s head coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports.

If someone is going to take away the coaching job from Melvin Hunt, it is likely going to be D'Antoni. The Nuggets appear to want to get their coaching situation figured out before they go completely into draft mode, so we should have an answer soon. Of course, fantasy owners will want the Nuggets to go with D'Antoni and his seven-second offense.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Mike D'Antoni is reportedly interested in coaching again and could be on the Denver Nuggets' list of candidates.

D'Antoni's last coaching stint with the Lakers didn't end so well, but his uptempo style could be a great fit with the Nuggets. Fantasy owners will be rooting for D'Antoni to be a head coach when the 2015-16 season starts as he's one of the most fantasy-friendly coaches of the last decade.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 10:57:00 AM

The Lakers reportedly pursued Mike Krzyzewski to be their next coach, but were turned down.

In what has become what seems like a yearly occurrence, the Lakers reportedly pursued the long-time Duke head coach, but Coach K decided to once again stay in the college ranks. There have also been reports that the Lakers are pursuing Kevin Ollie and John Calipari and some sources say that Calipari has already turned down the opportunity. While the Lakers have said they will take their time with their head coaching search, they should have no shortage of qualified candidates for what is still one of the more attractive head coaching positions in the league.
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:27:00 AM

The Lakers are reportedly set to court Kevin Ollie and John Calipari as part of their head coaching search.

The Lakers were left without a head coach following Mike D'Antoni's resignation on Wednesday, and it sounds as if this year's last two coaches standing in the NCAA Tournament will be on their radar. A source close to the Lakers said they want to "make a splash" and plan on reaching out to both Ollie and Calipari to gauge their interest. Former Laker players Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, and Derek Fisher have all come up as potential coaches as well, but the Lakers' focus is to "hold back [on the coaching front] until they get a better sense of the marketplace," according to the source.
Source: ESPN
Thu, May 1, 2014 01:17:00 PM

Mike D'Antoni's agent elaborated on the coach's reasoning for his resignation as the Lakers' head coach on Wednesday.

D'Antoni had one more guaranteed year on his contract, but decided to walk away from the situation due to the Lakers' reluctance to pick up his 2015-16 option. "In order for Mike to have done his job, we felt that having the option year picked up would have changed the narrative," D'Antoni's agent Warren LeGarie said Wednesday. "They knew that Mike would have been the coach and there would have been a different reaction." D'Antoni is still interested in coaching, according to sources close to him, but we'll have to await word to see if there is reciprocal interest around the league.
Thu, May 1, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni has resigned from his position as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.

"Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons," Kupchak said. "On behalf of the Lakers, we thank Mike for the work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude that he brought to the team every day. We wish him the best of luck." D'Antoni's disastrous season with the Lakers can be blamed on injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and most of the rest of the Lakers, but D'Antoni's style never seemed to work with the healthy players he had and the Lakers' train wreck of a season was, frankly, embarrassing. No word on who his replacement might be, but it's a safe bet that Kobe will have plenty of input into who gets the job.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 09:21:00 PM

Mike D'Antoni is seeking a commitment from Lakers' management on the 2015-16 option in his contract.

Lakers management has committed to bringing D'Antoni back for next season, but have been reluctant to acquiesce to his wishes to pick up the 2015-16 option as of yet. D'Antoni is attempting to avoid going into the 2014-15 season as a lame-duck so we don't blame him for pushing the issue, but it looks like he's going to have to wait this one out for the time being.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 11:16:00 AM

The Lakers management has agreed on bringing back Mike D’Antoni for next season, according to the Orange County Register.

It's probably not what Lakers fans want to hear after his team had the worst year of the franchise based on record. Although, his team missed a whopping 319 games due to injury which led to a total of 35 different starting lineups. Beat writer Kevin Ding added that Lakers management has not met with D'Antoni yet, so there is still more to come on this story.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 12:11:00 AM

Rex Chapman tweeted on Monday that John Calipari would replace Mike D'Antoni as Lakers head coach next season.

Chapman later said he thinks Calipari will stay at Kentucky, while Calipari hedged a bit when asked about it after losing the NCAA Championship game to the UConn on Monday night. The rumors will persist, but as of now, Calipari to the Lakers is nothing more than just that - a rumor.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:19:00 AM

General manager Mitch Kupchak admitted the Lakers will have a different approach for the trade deadline.

"If you’re asking me do I think if we’ll pick up somebody that will help us this year, that’s probably not the approach we’re taking," Kupchak said. "Although it’d be great to pick up a player or two you can evaluate, or even just acquire and have another year or two that can help the team going forward." The Lakers will be in the spotlight for possibly dealing Pau Gasol (groin) and should have plenty of rumors in the next week.
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 12:18:00 AM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak admitted the team's handling of the Mike D'Antoni hire was "clumsy."

Kupchak was referring to a late-night call the team made to Phil Jackson before hiring D'Antoni. There's been some differing accounts on how the Lakers' decision process went down, but the fact is last season's roster was not exactly the best match for D'Antoni's system. We remain skeptical of his ability to turn this roster back into a legit contender, but they should have better chemistry at least with Dwight Howard now in Houston. Time will tell.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 03:40:00 PM

The Lakers will honor former owner Dr. Jerry Buss on Jan. 28, according to his daughter and current team executive Jeanie Buss.

Buss died during the 2012-13 season after owning the Lakers for over 30 years. It's nearly impossible to separate the legendary businessman from the mystique of the purple and gold and we imagine it's only a matter of time before Jerry Buss ends up with a statue outside of the Staples Center.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 03:11:00 PM

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