Mike D’Antoni has resigned as head coach of the Lakers after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
The Lakers announced D’Antoni’s resignation last Wednesday, less than 18 months after they brought him in to replace Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season.
The Lakers went 67-87 under D’Antoni, including a 27-55 record this season with Kobe Bryant sitting out all but six games.
The team’s .329 winning percentage was the second-lowest in the Western Conference and the franchise’s 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 is 455-426 as an NBA coach for the Nuggets, Suns, Knicks and Lakers.