The NBA world was anxiously awaiting word on what was going to happen with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. Would he be fired? Would he be retained? We were all left waiting for an answer and there seemed to be no end in sight. Until tonight.
According to a report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, D’Antoni has resigned as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The search for a new head coach will now begin.
“Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak 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.”
D’Antoni had previously asked the Lakers to pick up the team option on the fourth year of his current contract, but the team decided not to do so and now D’Antoni has stepped down. He finishes his Lakers career with a 67-87 record with the team.
The search for a new coach will begin immediately.