Mike D'Antoni steps down as Lakers head coach

Mike D'Antoni is done in LA; Where do the Lakers go now?

5/1/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 14, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts to a call during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Lakers won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY SportsLakers head coach Mike D'Antoni has stepped down from his position with the team after struggling for two seasons.

D'Antoni leaves the Lakers with a 67-87 record in nearly two full seasons, after replacing Mike Woodson, who was fired early in the 2012-13 season.

According to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers were impressed with D'Antoni, despite the fact that they were apparently unwilling to pick up the team option on the last year of his contract:
 
"Given the circumstances, I don't know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons. 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 will undoubtedly find another place to play his frenzied, high-paced offensive style, and it will most likely happen pretty soon. D'Antoni has had success in Phoenix and mixed results with the Knicks, so he'll be able to find a job.

My suggestion to D'Antoni would be to ignore the bright lights of a big-market team like LA or NY, and be more concerned with the makeup of the team.
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