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Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Reasons Why Mike D’Antoni Was Smart to Resign As Coach

Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Reasons Why Mike D'Antoni Was Smart to Resign As Coach

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Amidst all the hoopla surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Lakers’ over-blamed coach Mike D'Antoni wisely, and relatively quietly decided to resign. If you think he was the reason why the Lakers were historically awful this season, you’re very wrong. However, Mike D'Antoni is smart to not stick around, just in case he has the chance to prove that he really is a bad coach.

5. No Extension Equals No Confidence

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5. No Extension Equals No Confidence

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D’Antoni wanted his option exercised through the 2015-16 season, and the Lakers would not agree -- a clear sign the Lakers organization really didn't have confidence in D’Antoni anymore.

4. Kobe Bryant Will Return Eventually

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4. Kobe Bryant Will Return Eventually

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You think Kobe Bryant was hard to coach before? How about when he’s aging, rusty, and thinks the coach is an idiot? D’Antoni and Bryant are a recipe for disaster, and D’Antoni would have taken the blame.

3. The Phil Jackson Aura

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3. The Phil Jackson Aura

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Lakers fans still believe Phil Jackson is their coach -- he just hasn’t come to work yet. No coach can succeed under that much pressure unless you have great players there to help, and all signs point to a complete rebuild.

2. The Rebuild in Los Angeles

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2. The Rebuild in Los Angeles

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Okay, the Lakers never truly rebuild. However, the 2014-15 season will resemble a rebuild in the sense that a slew of new players will be joining the team. Whether the Brinks truck is backed up for big-name free agents or not, it will still be a year in which D'Antoni, or any coach, would struggle to be successful.

1. No Player Trust

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1. No Player Trust

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No matter what happens in the off season, D'Antoni lost the trust of the players despite injuries being the main reason why the Lakers stunk. If anybody should resign, it should be the training staff. D'Antoni would have to win a championship, or at least go deep into the playoffs, to win back the trust of the players ... and you can’t do that without the trust of the players. Therefore … happy trails, D'Antoni.