Updates from Wednesday, April 30
Although no timetable has been established, the search for a replacement will begin immediately.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 1, 2014
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles initially had the news:
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as Lakers coach, source tells ESPN— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 1, 2014
Ken Berger provides comments from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak:
"Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did," Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) May 1, 2014
Marc J Spears of Yahoo! Sports sheds light on what may have caused the two sides to part:
Mike D'Antoni wanted his option for the Lakers exercised for the 2015-16. The Lakers have refused to budge which led to D'Antoni resigning.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 1, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports Mike D'Antoni is looking to remain with the Lakers:
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is still pushing to get his option for the 2015-16 season exercised but the Lakers still resisting, a source said— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 29, 2014
Mark Medina of insidesocal.com previously had the latest on the discussions that were ongoing between the Lakers and Mike D'Antoni:
Mike D’Antoni plans to continue having formal discussions with the Lakers on Thursday, including whether he will coach for the 2014-15 season, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
D’Antoni currently plans to talk with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday over the phone, as opposed to in person. But this newspaper learned that D’Antoni also had preliminary discussions with Kupchak late Wednesday afternoon.
Updates from Friday, April 25
The Orange County Register's Mark Heisler reports that D'Antoni will be retained as Lakers head coach:
After 10 days of soul searching, the key figures in Lakers management are agreed on bringing back D’Antoni for a third season as coach, a source with knowledge of the deliberations told the Register.
However, Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding noted that the two sides have not officially sat down yet:
Lakers management has not met with D'Antoni yet, however. I've said before Lakers are leaning toward keeping D'Antoni, but we'll see.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 26, 2014
Kupchak clearly supported D'Antoni's work this season. I will add I heard from someone else recently Jim Buss wasn't sold. Again, we'll see.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 26, 2014
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne notes that D'Antoni wants things settled:
Lakers insist they have not made decision on D'Antoni yet. They haven't met formally yet, but he is pressing them for resolution— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 26, 2014
I'm told D'Antoni has asked Lakers to pick up his option in year 4 if he's to have any chance of succeeding if he's retained— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 26, 2014
Mike D'Antoni's run with the Los Angeles Lakers isn't over just yet.
After a forgettable 27-55 season marked the worst campaign of the 62-year-old's coaching career, many believed D'Antoni would be cast off after his second year at the helm of the Lake Show.
The uncertainty of his future only recently became less certain when rumors began circling about the Marshall alum filling the open vacancy with the Thundering Herd, but it appears as though D'Antoni won't be returning home.
The Charleston Daily Mail's Chuck McGill has the newest rumor:
Sources told the Charleston Daily Mail on Tuesday afternoon that D'Antoni will remain the head coach of the Lakers and, thus, will not be in position to accept the vacant Herd hoops job.
D'Antoni is staying put. [Marshall athletic director Mike] Hamrick is moving on.
There was reportedly mutual interest, but according to McGill, D'Antoni met with Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak "multiple times," and the belief is the Lakers will keep their current head coach, who has another season on his contract.
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News has a contradicting report, however:
Don't believe what's written about Mike D'Antoni. Lakers and Mike haven't met yet— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 23, 2014
Of course, the variance in the reports isn't all that surprising. We still aren't very far removed from the end of the season, and as Kupchak himself said, via ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the final decision could take a while:
Kupchak on D'Antoni, "There's no timetable, but while it’s fresh in everybody’s mind, I wouldn’t expect it to be in the near future"— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 18, 2014
D'Antoni is a polarizing figure—as is common with head coaches following 27-win seasons. Some are ready to pack his bags for him, but others are willing to admit there aren't many coaches who could have done anything more with the current Lakers roster.
Dwight Howard left via free agency. Kobe Bryant played six games due to injury. Steve Nash was never really healthy. Pau Gasol missed 22 games. Nick Young led the team in scoring, while 16 different players started at least five games on the year.
What should the Lakers do?
The roster was absolutely ripped apart, leaving D'Antoni very little to work with.
Still, the Lakers, who have very little on the books for next season and a potential top-five pick coming their way, are geared toward the future, and they will have to decide if D'Antoni is the man to take them into the next era.
It just doesn't sound like a decision is coming anytime soon.