After overseeing the Lakers finish with their worst record in L.A. franchise history and lacking support from Kobe Bryant, Mike D’Antoni resigned as the Lakers coach on Thursday, according to his agent, Warren Legarie.
Legarie said D’Antoni reached an “insurmountable impasse” after the Lakers failed to provide assurances that they would exercise his team option that would ensure he would finish out the two years on his contract. He was owed a guaranteed $4 million for the 2014-15 season, while the Lakers held a team option for the 2015-16 campaign.
“Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a 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.”