Mike D'Antoni resigns as Lakers head coach

Stephen Dunn

The Lakers will begin their head coach search immediately after Mike D'Antoni resigned from his position with the team.

Mike D'Antoni has resigned as Los Angeles Lakers head coach after two seasons with the franchise, the team officially announced via a press release on Wednesday. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak released a small statement along with the release:

"Given the circumstances, I don't know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons," said Kupchak. "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."

The team is expected to begin a coaching search immediately. D'Antoni compiled a 67-87 record since joining the franchise early in the 2012-2013 season. The Lakers had their worst season in franchise history during D'Antoni's final season with the team, winning just 27 games.

D'Antoni was rumored to be returning to the team for a third season recently. Once the rumor spread, follow-up reports suggested D'Antoni wanted the Lakers to exercise the team option for the final year of his contract. The team was alleged to be resistant to the idea.

The Lakers have no timetable on when they will have the next head coach for the franchise in place.

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