Mike D'Antoni resigns as Los Angeles Lakers coach

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

D'Antoni had one year left on his contract and had wanted to get some assurance on the future, as USA TODAY Sports first reported, asking the team to exercise its option for the 2015-16 season on his contract. He went 67-87 in two seasons with the Lakers after taking over for fired Mike Brown early last season.

"We've hit an insurmountable impasse, and Mike will no longer be the Laker coach," D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt.

D'Antoni's time in Los Angeles will be remembered largely for the injuries to superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant and struggles with team chemistry that defined the past two seasons. He took the Lakers to the 2013 playoffs, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round without Bryant.

Center Dwight Howard, once viewed as the heir to Bryant's throne as the Lakers' premier player, left in free agency last offseason to the Houston Rockets. This season, the team with three future Hall of Famers (Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash) on its roster stumbled to the worst record (27-55) for the franchise since moving to Los Angeles. Bryant replacement Jodie Meeks, on a $1.55 million salary, was the team's leading scorer with 1,209 points.

"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 news release. "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."


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment