Mike D’Antoni steps down as coach of Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job.
Seattle Times news services
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job.
Team spokesman John Black confirmed D’Antoni’s resignation, ending the brief tenure of the Lakers’ fourth head coach in less than three years.
D’Antoni 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 injury-plagued Lakers were 27-55 this season, their worst campaign in more than 50 years. With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol missing large chunks of the season, Los Angeles missed the playoffs for only the third time in 38 years.
D’Antoni, 62, had one year left on his contract, but he wanted the Lakers to pick up his option year for 2015-16. The Lakers apparently refused, leading to negotiations for D’Antoni’s resignation. D’Antoni was scheduled to make $4 million next season.
NEW YORK — The NBA owners’ advisory/finance committee will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss the next steps in the removal of Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 10-member committee will have a conference call two days after commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from the league and fined him $2.5 million for making racist comments. Silver also said he would urge owners to use their power to force Sterling to sell the team.
That would require the support of three-fourths of the league’s owners in a vote. Silver said he was confident he had the votes, which appears true given the numerous statements of support that were released by teams.
LOS ANGELES — Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will be named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career, several media outlets reported.
Crawford, from Rainier Beach High School, was the Clippers’ third-leading scorer and the NBA’s top-scoring reserve with 18.6 points per game. He added 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds for the two-time Pacific Division champions. Crawford, 34, has spent 14 NBA seasons with six teams.
“He’s deserving of it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I don’t know that there’s a more lethal weapon in the league that you could bring off the bench.”