When Mike D’Antoni resigned on Thursday as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, that was one of the worst two-year stretches for L.A. Having previously coached the New York Knicks, D’Antoni joined the Lakers only a few years after they had just won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. The team was proven — maybe a little old — but still a team of veterans who played well together. Whether it was Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, or even the addition of Dwight Howard last year, Los Angeles thought they had what it took to win another title.
But after going 40-32 in D’Antoni’s first season, there became speculation that he wasn’t the right man for the job. After all, it is the Lakers, right? A big market team with a winning expectation from its fans and ownership. So when the Lakers lost in the first round of the Western Conference Finals in 2013, fans were getting antsy; maybe D’Antoni and his unique style of offense wasn’t right for the Lakers. After all, it was an offense that apparently didn’t cater to superstar Howard’s skills.
Following a losing season this past year, it appeared D’Antoni was through. Though he technically resigned, there’s no doubt that he was on his way out — if you don’t win in L.A., you go. In honor of the next coach to take the reigns, here are six of the most successful coaches (with at least 100 games coached) in the Lakers’ storied history based on their respective winning percentage and championships won.