Two of the most hated men in Los Angeles have left town within hours of each other.
Just one day after Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life by commissioner Adam Silver, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni resigned, according to a statement by Mitch Kupchak.
The search for a replacement head coach will begin immediately.
“Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons,” Kupchak said in the statement. “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 was pushing to have his deal with the Lakers guaranteed until 2016, according to reports, though the purple and gold weren’t willing to give the head coach such assurances. Therefore, he decided to resign and will receive “an undisclosed portion of the $4 million he was set to earn next season,” according to Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times.
D’Antoni pulled off a similar stunt in New York where he asked for an extension. When he didn’t receive one, he simply quit.
The 62-year-old went 67-87 in almost two seasons with the Lakers.