Through all of the conflicting reports since the start of the off-season, Mike D’Antoni has resigned as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as Lakers coach, source tells ESPN
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 1, 2014
With the Lakers finishing with the worst record in franchise history since moving to Los Angeles, there was speculation that the organization would move in a different direction at the head coaching position.
For most of the off-season, there were conflicting reports on D’Antoni’s future with the Lakers. Recently, there were reports that D’Antoni was looking for the team to pick up his fourth year option.
With the 27-55 season which was the sixth worst record in the league, it does come as a surprise that D’Antoni has decided to resign. In two seasons in Los Angeles, D’Antoni posted an 67-82 record after being hired instead of Phil Jackson five games into the 2012-13 season.
With the head coaching position of the Lakers now available, there are numerous candidates the team will consider. In perhaps the most important off-season for the franchise since the 2003-04 season, the Lakers will have a high draft pick in this year’s highly anticipated draft to go along with ample cap room.
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