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The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistant coaches, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. The pair will join Lakers assistant coach Dan D’Antoni, who returns from last season, in addition to Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis, who were hired earlier as player development coaches. NBA.com

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Phil Jackson wasn't the only one who got a late-night call last month. It was early compared with the one Dan D'Antoni received. Mike D'Antoni's brother was sleeping peacefully in Charlotte, N.C., when the phone rang at 3:30 a.m. It was his son, Nick. He had some bewildering news. "Dad, you're going to L.A.," he said. Dan D'Antoni didn't believe it. "Mike had told me his name was being bantered about, but he said, 'We're not going to get it. Phil [Jackson] is going to get it,'" Dan D'Antoni said. "I told my son he was out of his mind. He said, 'No, it's all over the news.' I got up, went in there to the TV and there it was. I couldn't go back to sleep. I called my son the next day and said, 'You could have waited until 7. I'm dead tired now.'" Los Angeles Times

Joining the Lakers' staff was the latest turn in an unorthodox career for Dan D'Antoni. He left behind 28 years of coaching at Socastee High in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to be on his brother's staff with the Phoenix Suns in 2004. He was barely part of it. He was the fourth of four assistants. He sat behind the bench for games. But he watched, learned and studied the intricacies of his brother's offense. Now he's Mike D'Antoni's most important sounding board on the court. He's also a caretaker while Mike D'Antoni recovers from knee-replacement surgery he had Oct. 31. They live together in a rented Manhattan Beach home. "You've seen the series 'Two and a Half Men'? We're 'Two Half Men,'" Dan D'Antoni quipped. "I've got to drive everywhere, I've got to carry his bag, I've got to open the daggone door. Even the coaching part, I've had to be a little more of a voice than I would have been if he had his vitality. It's still hard on him until he gets his strength back, which will probably happen in a month or so." Los Angeles Times

November 19, 2012 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Dan D’Antoni to serve as an assistant coach, it was announced today by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. NBA.com

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A few more tidbits following an early Tuesday morning interview with Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers’ new head coach: He says his brother, Dan, will be joining the Lakers’ coaching staff but the rest of the staff should remain intact. He hasn’t talked to defensive-minded coach Nate McMillan, but he says he intends to this summer, although he wouldn’t be surprised if McMillan is head coach by that time elsewhere. In D’Antoni’s first start as an NBA player for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings his assignment was to cover Jerry West. “I was the biggest Lakers’ fan because of him,’’ says D’Antoni, who grew up in Mullens, W.Va. Los Angeles Times

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.’’ New York Post

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