Mike D'antoni resigns as Lakers Head Coach


Lakers' Mike D'Antoni steps down

Mike D'Antoni has resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Wednesday night.

Mike D'Antoni coached the Lakers to a 27-55 record this season, the worst 82-game mark in franchise history.
"Given the circumstances, I don't know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "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."

During conversations with the Lakers over the past two weeks, D'Antoni had asked them to pick up the team option on the fourth year of his contract, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.

D'Antoni had one year remaining on his deal at $4 million. The Lakers held a $4 million team option on him for 2015-16.

Los Angeles went 27-55 this season, its first full campaign under D'Antoni. The Lakers posted the second-worst winning percentage (.329) in team history, the worst 82-game record in team history and their lowest win total since the franchise relocated from Minnesota.

D'Antoni, 62, has posted a 67-87 record since being hired by the Lakers early in the 2012-13 season to replace Mike Brown.


Nobody could've done a better job over the last two seasons?? ARE YOU SERIOUS???? How about that PHIL guy?????

This is a step in the right direction, but the Lakers are a LONG ways away from fixing their problems.

Thank God.

Kupchak might need to start packing his shit up if he really thinks that Dantoni did the best job possible, also if that is the case, then HE completely failed in building a roster for Dantoni to actually compete with (which was the case at least this season).

Hopefully we get more good news this offseason (preferably that Jim Buss dies of a cocaine overdose)...