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Mike D'Antoni resigns as Lakers coach
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:11:39 PM »

Embattled Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned after two seasons with the team, the Lakers announced Wednesday.
D’Antoni had one more guaranteed year at $4 million but was dismayed when the Lakers declined to pick up his option for the 2015-16 season at another $4 million.
The Lakers went 27-55 last season, setting the franchise record for most losses.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol disliked D'Antoni's small-ball approach, leading to big-picture trouble for him.
D’Antoni and his agent, Warren LeGarie, pushed the Lakers to pick up his option year to add stability to his tenure. It didn’t happen.
“In order for Mike to have done his job, we felt that having the option year picked up would have changed the narrative,” LeGarie said Wednesday. “They knew that Mike would have been the coach and there would have been a different reaction. It would have been difficult for him to do his job without it.”
D’Antoni was hired 10 games into the 2012-13 season after coach Mike Brown was abruptly fired. The Lakers made the playoffs last season, but were swept in the first round by San Antonio as Bryant watched from the sideline because of a torn Achilles’ tendon.,0,3851795.story#ixzz30QiSexY2
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