Report: Mike D’Antoni resigns as Los Angeles Lakers head coach


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Mike D’Antoni has resigned as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report by ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne.

The Lakers also confirmed D’Antoni’s departure in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

D’Antoni arrived in Los Angeles after former head coach Mike Brown was fired six games into the 2012-13 season, the team languishing with a 1-5 record.

The former Suns and Knicks head coach is the architect of the famous Seven Seconds or Less offense that made Phoenix into an offensive powerhouse despite little recognised offensive talent.

D’Antoni’s tenure in Los Angeles is unlikely to be remembered fondly as, despite fielding a lineup containing four future Hall of Famers last season, the Lakers were swept in the first round of the playoffs and this season recorded the worst record in franchise history.

He guided the Lakers to a 27-55 record this season and several players, including Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman, have voiced their displeasure at the thought of continuing with him at the helm.

D’Antoni will probably have suitors around the league with vacancies in both Minnesota and New York, though a return to Madison Square Garden seems highly unlikely.

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