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Escape From LA: Mike D’Antoni Resigns, Hopes Someone Notices
Biggest news from Los Angeles this week, in order:
1. Donald Sterling banned from his plantation.
2. Star Wars cast announced.
3. Oprah wants to buy Clippers.
17. Mike D’Antoni resigns.
The high point of the Mike D'Antoni era with the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/DpawBJ0sWM
— RealGM (@RealGM) May 1, 2014
Would he still be there if Kobe had been healthy? The answer is shrouded in mystery. What we know is that D’Antoni had a 67-87 record with the Lakers — that .435 winning percentage the worst in franchise history (you’re off the hook, Randy Pfund, .452). LA Times:
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.
So this has been a GREAT week for Magic Johnson, eh?
Happy days are here again! Mike D'Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn't be happier!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 1, 2014
Could Magic co-own the Dodgers and Clippers, and coach the Lakers? Hmm.
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