Phil Jackson looked to be all set to take the Lakers' head-coaching job, but he received a bit of a shock after the team decided to go with Mike D'Antoni instead. D'Antoni has gotten good results out of Steve Nash before, but he's also never won a championship, while Jackson has a pedigree that's the envy of nearly every coach in history. The Triangle offense might not have been a great fit in Los Angeles this time around, but will D'Antoni's fast-paced approach make the Lakers into contenders?

More: Can D'Antoni coexist with Howard? Would the Triangle offense have worked?


Are you shocked?

D'Antoni (pictured here during his Suns tenure) has an impressive résumé, but Jackson's hiring seemed to be all but a sure thing.

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How surprised are you that the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson?

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Will Jackson stay retired?

Phil Jackson probably would have to be presented with a unique and stable coaching situation for him to return to the bench.

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Will Phil Jackson ever coach again in the NBA?

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