NBA News: Lakers Fans Rejoice as Mike D’Antoni Resigns as Los Angeles Head Coach

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By James Patrick Quizon | May 1, 2014 12:40 PM EST

Reports are trickling in that Mike D’Antoni have resigned as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Lakers Nation is rejoicing with the decision.

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.COM was among the first who broke the story with a post on her Twitter account:

Mike Trudell, a popular Lakers insider also confirmed the report:

Reactions are varied but mostly tilt towards celebrating the move as most Lakers and NBA fans have criticized D’Antoni as a one-dimensional coach; all offense and no knowledge of defense. As expected, fans took to Twitter for their feelings about the news:


The controversial Skip Bayless took a swipe at D’Antoni too:

The Lakers released an official statement to address the resignation. As well as Lakers great Magic Johnson.

“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 & positive attitude that he brought to the team every day. We wish him the best of luck,” said general manager Mitch Kupchak.

The Lakers went 27-55 in the 2013-2014 regular season the first time they did not qualify for the NBA Playoffs since 2005. The 32.9 per cent winning percentage is also the worst for the franchise in its time in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas
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