D'Antoni resigns as Lakers coach
- Published: 1/05/2014 at 09:49 AM
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Mike D'Antoni resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after one of the worst seasons in the NBA club's history.
Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
The Lakers announced D'Antoni's resignation less than 18 months after they brought him in to take the place of Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 campaign.
The Lakers under D'Antoni's Lakers went a total 67-87, including a 27-55 mark this season with injured superstar Kobe Bryant missing all but six games.
Their .329 winning percentage was the second-lowest in the Western Conference and the Lakers' worst since the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers went 19-53 (.264).
"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."
D'Antoni, 62, is 455-426 as an NBA coach for Denver, Phoenix, New York and the Lakers.
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