D’Antoni May Not Coach Lakers For 2 Weeks

It could be two weeks before Mike D’Antoni is safely allowed to coach the Lakers from the bench, according to his brother Dan D’Antoni.

D’Antoni, who still lives in Westchester, underwent major knee-replacement surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago and will need doctor’s clearance to get on the bench. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff said D’Antoni is expected to fly to L.A. tomorrow for his introductory press conference.

D’Antoni is expected to bring in his former Knicks and Phoenix assistants, Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni, to L.A.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for him,” Dan D’Antoni told The Post. “New York was a great place to be and this is one of the top franchises in the league. It’s top end. Mike’s a good coach and they’re good players.”

It was a major turn of events as the Lakers appeared primed to hire Phil Jackson over D’Antoni. Jackson released a statement last night, saying he was misled into thinking he had until yesterday to decide whether he wanted the job. Instead, Jackson got a call late Sunday night from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who told him they felt D’Antoni was “the better coach for the team.” Reports Jackson demanded major travel restrictions are inaccurate.

For more on this story visit: Marc Berman, New York Post


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