— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 1, 2014
The dream that was #ExtendDAntoni is no more as the Lakers announced today that Mike D’Antoni would be stepping down as head coach.
Although there is no timetable set, the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
Lakers fans everywhere rejoiced at the news of the Moustachioed Mofolio, as he was affectionately known to me, but no one was as elated as one of the most famous Lakers figures in town, 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
What a week Magic has had – from being embroiled in a nationally covered scandal that led to the demise of an NBA owner, to receiving an apology directly from the commissioner of the NBA, to unofficially throwing his hate into the ring of suitors for a potential Clippers buyout, and now this.
I guess we should all be a little thankful that the Lakers organization “graciously” waited until the day after the Clippers had their time in the sun to make this announcement. Already it feels like the whole Donald Sterling thing happened in ancient times – THAT is the cachet of the Lakers brand.