Mike D’Antoni resigned as coach of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers after two seasons without winning a playoff series.
Mike D’Antoni resigned as coach of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers, team General Manager Mitch Kupchak said tonight.
Mike Woodson was fired as coach of the New York Knicks in the first major move by Phil Jackson since he became team president last month.
Mike D’Antoni decided to resign as coach of the New York Knicks as he drove to practice two months ago, without having discussed the matter with his wife or brother, who was an assistant on the Knicks’ coaching staff.
The New York Knicks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 121-79, their most lopsided victory of the season, hours after Mike D’Antoni’s resignation as coach.
Mike D’Antoni is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson said he was as surprised as anyone, learning of the team’s decision when he was awakened by a midnight phone call.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ hiring of Mike D’Antoni as coach indicates Kobe Bryant’s influence with team management is waning, said Steve Mills, a former president of Madison Square Garden sports.
The short-manned Los Angeles Lakers benefited from a little-used National Basketball Association rule en route to a 119-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mike D’Antoni is out as coach of the New York Knicks amid a six-game losing streak, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Mike Woodson agreed on a multiyear extension to coach the New York Knicks after helping the team resurrect its season and reach the National Basketball Association playoffs.
"Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff."
- Mike D'Antoni on Jul 30, 2013