Mike D'Antoni resigns as Lakers coach, Magic Johnson tweets he "couldn't be happier"
A few days ago, the OC Register reported that Mr. Pringles would be returning to Los Angeles for his third year as head coach, even though there was some disagreement between the two parties regarding picking up an option for 2015-2016.
Today, all that has changed, and Mike D'Antoni resigned, much to the delight of Magic Johnson:
Happy days are here again! Mike D'Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn't be happier!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 1, 2014
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Wednesday night.
D'Antoni's resignation ends the brief tenure of the Lakers' fourth head coach in less than three years. He went 67-87 after taking over the Lakers early in the 2012-13 season. He replaced the fired Mike Brown, who lasted just 71 games after replacing 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson.
The Lakers and D'Antoni have been discussing his future with the team since the season ended, multiple sources told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. Last week he asked them to pick up the team option on the final year of his contract in order to empower him to coach the team without constant speculation about his job status. But, sources said, when the Lakers said they were unwilling to do that, the team and his representatives began working out a solution that was amenable to everyone. It is believed that D'Antoni did not leave the full $4 million that was guaranteed to him next season on the table.