Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Releases Statement On D’Antoni Resigning

Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Releases Statement On D’Antoni Resigning


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The day many Lakers fans had been hoping for has finally arrived as Mike D’Antoni has resigned as head coach of the team.

Immediately after the announcement by the Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak released a statement thanking D’Antoni for his time with the team:

With the amount of injuries the Lakers suffered these past two seasons, it would have been nearly impossible for any coach to succeed, but D’Antoni never seemed to fit in Los Angeles.

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He had issues with a couple of different players, and the fans in general never supported his selection over Phil Jackson. Additionally, the team’s defense was consistently below average, garnering widespread criticism from fans and analysts.

There are reports that the final straw for D’Antoni was that the Lakers refused to pick up the fourth year on D’Antoni’s contract before the season. D’Antoni wanted the insurance and the Lakers were unwilling to give it.

The Lakers have said that the search for a new coach will begin immediately, and recent rumors have linked a couple of former Lakers to the job, including Byron Scott and current assistant Kurt Rambis.

D’Antoni posted a 67-87 record in his time with the Lakers, the worst winning percentage of any Lakers coach with at least 100 games.
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  • KB8/24GOAT

    Thank you Mike D’Antoni for all the good you’ve done for the Lakers… which is resigning that is literally the only good thing you did.
    Edit: You all are correct also the high lottery pick.

    • JohnSmith00

      Don’t forget about this season because of his terrible coaching the Lakers are going to end up with a top pick and a valuable bargaining chip or a center piece for the franchise.

    • independentbynature

      He coached us to a high lottery pick.That’s it.

      • LegendInMyMind

        Ironically, winning the last 2 games did the Lakers’ draft options no favors.

        • independentbynature

          Pringles did it for spite…

          • LegendInMyMind

            Well, Utah had just as much reason to ‘tank’ as LA did…

          • Erad

            And yet they weren’t stupid enough to blow it. Wonders never cease

  • Kïd Špłãšh

    And Then The Winning Started……

  • Kïd Špłãšh

    Best Day Of My Life…I Was Gonna Irrupt If They Didnt Fire Him!’

  • Josh

    Don’t post Serena’s tweets from the statement. I guess I have to go over to lakers[dot]com for the actual statement…

  • 3339

    Magic Johnsons tweet on dantoni resigning…

  • KingEmperor

    defensive coach byron scott

    • A Fan

      I prefer Lionel Hollins or Stan Van Gundy…

      • Earl Agapay

        jerry sloan or george karl would be better

        • Dion Richardson

          What have they won?

        • Jerry McClusky

          Don’t forget that Karl’s son was once a Laker, and should be available as a package deal. But seriously, if they took Karl they would have to worry that cancer could always come back again, and then they would need yet another coach. I don’t think the stress helps Karl’s health at all.

    • Dion Richardson

      I concur. Mentored Kobe, took the Nets to two Finals appearances, and had a solid time in New Orleans….

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Earvin Magic Johnson ‏@MagicJohnson 44m
    Happy days are here again! Mike D’Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn’t be happier!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA 19m
    A candidate Lakers management and Kobe Bryant share a fondness: Euro legend Ettore Messina. He impressed as assistant under Mike Brown.

    • independentbynature

      Euro-ball sounds too much like Antoni to me.We need a proven NBA coach.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Agreed.No more funky coaches from Europe lol.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA 14m
    Possible there won’t be a superstar coach available to Lakers, but there’s a hometown kid on fast-track to become one: UConn’s Kevin Ollie.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I back the potential hiring of Kevin Ollie he has my full support 100%.

    • independentbynature

      One year as a college coach does not get you the Lakers job.Maybe one day,but he’s not ready.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yeah he actually coached 2 years at UCONN and he won a NCAA championship as head coach in his second season as coach but i do understand what you mean.

        He is not proven on the NBA level just yet,but i will give him my full support if the Lakers hire him as he is a LA native and can coach as he demonstrated this past season but that is just how i am i support every coach until they start losing a lot of games like Pringles did.Also Kevin Durant has said Kevin Ollie is a man he respects and he calls him a mentor that can only help the Lakers pursuit of Kevin Durant during 2016 free agency.

        • independentbynature

          He is definitely someone to keep an eye on.I’m a little biased here.I want B. Scott.He’s been waiting for his dream job and this is it.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yeah i fully respect that of course as Byron was originally rumored to be our guy as head coach once Phil Jackson retired but Byron had already committed to the Cavs as head coach.

            Maybe a charm of luck will be on his side this time and he might become our teams head coach.I certainly like Byron and respect him also he is already working as a commentator on TWC so he is not too far away lol.

            Byron is in my top 3 for sure as far as coaching candidates for the Lakers.Well respected defensive coach and he did wonders with the Nets taking them to back to back NBA Finals also he coached Chris Paul further than any coach to the WCF.And he is a Lakers Legend of course.

          • Jay Newiger

            That’s why he positioned himself and took the TWC job to be close to the Lakers, i’m sure he had calls from other teams about a HC job but he saw what was happening in Laker Land, he deserves this opportunity….hire him and good things will happen!!!

      • Sylvia Ross

        Agreed. BYRON SCOTT should have a chance at the job.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Magic Johnson is very happy and ecstatic about Pringles resigning lol.Welcome back Magic Johnson as the Lakers new head coach lol nah but i feel happy as well.We will find a top notch coach to replace Pringles.Lakers know this is a huge off season and the team has to make a huge statement to the entire NBA world and all the fans and media in the world.Lakers have huge salary cap space and a top 6 lottery pick they can just let LeBron pick the new coach lol.

  • independentbynature

    Byron Scott is the man for the job.Kyrie Irving would soon be ours,too.Time to return to the glory days of Showtime…..A fast-track recovery is possible,now.F.A. bigs won’t shun us,now.Chants of “DEFENSE” will soon echo throughout Staples again and it won’t be sarcasm,now.

  • A Fan

    I know you had to give the most positive answers to the press, but please Mitch: ANYONE could’ve done a better job with last year’s laker team than D’Antoni. I mean, I still recall that same Laker team posting a 5-1 record (most of the wins were blowouts) with interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff just telling the team to “go out there and play”

  • They call me Pringles

    D’antoni was worse than Randy Pfund. And Randy Pfund was our worst coach!

    • Kupcake

      Like to differ, Mike D’Antoni is our worst coach now!

  • Jay Brodes

    super happy about news all day!!! yes!!!

  • Lakeshowbro

    George Carl anybody?

    • ra

      No, George had Melo in his top years, and a pretty good Nuggets team for years. Not a championship level coach, and had trouble getting out of 1st round.

  • Trisha Scott

    Magic or Phil Jackson should be head coach of the Lakers

    • ra

      Magic coached at one time — not all that good, but it’s ok, he’s a great player (one of the greatest in history), and an excellent business man.

      Phil? …. he’s gone. He ain’t coming back.

  • Geoff

    Too bad they couldn’t convince Jerry Sloan to come out of retirement.

  • Fred Monsibais

    Byron Scott

  • james

    yes thank you

  • coachjames

    Byron Scott is a no brainer. Laker legend and great defensive coach that’s coached in 2 NBA finals. I would hire him today…..

  • Lakers4Ever

    Thank you MDA, resigning and getting a lottery pick were your only successes as head coach. Thank you, see you later…bye.

  • Kupcake

    Thank you D’Antoni, you’ve made me fall in love with you now! Please don’t ever mess up a team like this again. Side note, don’t have your brother co-coaching as well…just doesn’t work for you two.

  • Lakers4Life

    I told you folks all along that idiot Dumbtoni will be gone soon, and now it’s finally out in the news :-)

    A bad day for the very few Dumbtoni cock-sucking lovers on LN — no need for names, we know who they are lol.

    What a glorious day in Lakers basketball history!!! Bye bye DUMBTONI!

  • micwilly .

    he played kobe way too hard. phil never would’ve let that injury happen..

  • Clint

    Byron scott would be a perfect fit

  • Mike Jordan is the REAL GOAT

    Lakers suck with or without D’Antoni. Smart move to jump off that sinking ship!!

  • Nick d

    Hire Kevin Ollie! And then draft Shabazz Napier!

  • Gemini Ac

    Now the M.D’Antoni is gone i’m sure we have chance for playoffs next season..we have good offensive players but looks also for defense..we need coach more knowledge on strategy.

  • Rasheed

    It’s About time. Thank God for this joyful news. As a Lakers fan, my soul is happy and optimistic

    No disrespect to the Coach Mike D’Antoni but Thank You for resigning or whatever your circumstances were.

    It must be very difficult process for him. We went to the same process when he joined Lakers. At least he and players got money, we are still hungry for Championship.

    Jim took the risk and it didn’t pay off and on top of it; players injuries also plagued the season.

    Status: Few elites pressure $$$ (investment TWC for example) + Lakers management (real deal begins now, decisions will define Lakers future) + Hungry Kobe for championship (with lot $$$) + Hungry Lakers fans…

    (great challenge ahead, not many teams can recover and instantly get back into Championship mode but there is an exceptional case: KOBE #24 and PAU/NASH (old but can still contribute at a greater level hopefully) with new modification in 2014-2015 season.

  • Brent

    Byron may have a shot because he was a Laker. He didn’t win much when he was coaching. I think the Lakeshow is looking for experienced pro coach that has won.

    Stan Van Gundy

    Remember this team will be different next year. D’Antoni system made everyone look good offensively. The price will be high for some of these guys. Let’s face he showed everyone in the league how to use Swaggy P and Swaggy is fine with it too.
    Nick Young is going to cost 8-10 million for 4 years. Farmar is going to get at least the money he gave up.

    • Dion Richardson

      I stand to differ. Byron took New Jersey to back-to-back Finals. They just didn’t have the fire power to beat the Lakers or Spurs. And he took the Hornets far until they ran into Kobe and the Lakers…

  • Frank

    Ok my Laker peps its between Byron Scott for Kyrie Irving or Ollie for Kevin Durant do I have it right?? Out of the 2 which one do you think is best???