The L.A. Lakers brushed off hiring Phil Jackson, the 11 time NBA-champion former head coach and signed Mike D’Antoni instead. How cool is that? Not only will the L.A. Lakers not hire the Zen Master and coached all NBA teams to championship titles, but they will get an NBA head coach who will get along with Kobe Bryant in D’Antoni. Also, the New York Knicks are 5-0. 5-0! That says something about how well the Knicks are playing especially with new acquisitions in Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Marcus Camby, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, and Raymond Felton. They are committed to playing lock-down team defense and are in your face about scoring baskets against New York.