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
Magic Johnson was happy to say the least when news broke that Mike D’Antoni would resign from his position as head coach of the Lakers.
D’Antoni had two disastrous seasons marred by the stars squabbling and injuries of the Kobe Bryant-Dwight Howard tandem to the injuries that plagued his team this past season. Missing the Playoffs is not a thing that happens to the Lakers very often.
Johnson was among those who were pushing the team to re-hire Phil Jackson. Of course, the Lakers suddenly pulled back their offer, according to reports, and went with D’Antoni, a coach that new owner Jim Buss felt would recapture the Showtime era and provide a more exciting brand of basketball while winning.
None of that happened. The Lakers finished with the second worst record in the West this year.