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Who could be the next Lakers head coach now that Mike D’Antoni has resigned?

Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers watches as his team takes on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers watches as his team takes on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni resigned last night after less than two seasons.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni resigned last night after less than two seasons.

He's the fourth head coach of the team in less than three years. D'Antoni took over the team from Mike Brown, who was fired at the start of the 2012-13 season. This  season, the injury-plagued Lakers had the franchise's second-worst winning percentage, finishing 27-55.

"Given the circumstances, I don't know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said.

"On behalf of the Lakers, we thank Mike for the work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude that he brought to the team every day. We wish him the best of luck."

Others were less polite. "Happy days are here again!" Magic Johnson tweeted. "Mike D'Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn't be happier!"

By resigning, D’Antoni walked away from a contract worth $4 million. He might get some of the money as severance.

Who’s likely to replace D’Antoni? Who would you want to see coaching the Lakers next season?

Guest:

Jeff Zillgitt, NBA reporter for USA TODAY sports . He tweets at @JeffZillgitt

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