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One name omitted from the list of candidates is Mike D’Antoni, who spent five seasons in charge of the Suns while Griffin worked in the front office. D’Antoni, however, is not considered a strong candidate in this coaching search. Akron Beacon Journal

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Second, the coach must be able to coexist with Bryant. The Bryant-D’Antoni relationship deteriorated to the point where the pair barely spoke by the end of their tenure together. Even in D’Antoni’s first season in L.A., when the Lakers still managed to win 28 of their final 40 games to make the playoffs, there was conflict. ESPN.com

Bryant would often use the Lakers’ shootaround time to receive treatment in the training room. When D’Antoni thought this was causing a disconnect between Bryant and his teammates, the coach asked the star guard to change his routine, according to a league source. As a compromise, Bryant still often used shootaround for treatment, only he had the training table brought out next to the practice court so he was physically present, technically, during the sessions. After playing such a long time at an elite level, it was understandable for Bryant to need extra time to get his body ready, but it led to occasions on the court where the team would be executing one way based on adjustments made during shootaround that morning -- and Bryant would be executing another. ESPN.com

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Bryant told the Lakers several weeks ago that he didn’t want to play for D’Antoni next season when he returns from a knee injury. D’Antoni also knew of the team’s plans for the re-signing of Gasol this summer when he becomes a free agent. So if he had stayed on, it promised to get ugly quickly and he probably wouldn’t have lasted past Thanksgiving. Once his brother Dan left his seat on the Lakers’ bench and took the Marshall University head coaching job on April 24, that was the biggest tip-off that Mike was done and working on a deal to get out of L.A. In Mike D’Antoni’s previous coaching stints, in Phoenix and New York, Dan was always by his side. New York Daily News

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D'Antoni and his agent, Warren LeGarie, pushed the Lakers to pick up his 2015-16 option year to add stability to his tenure. The Lakers declined to do it for a coach who was 67-87 with them. "In order for Mike to have done his job, we felt that having the option year picked up would have changed the narrative," LeGarie said Wednesday. "They knew that Mike would have been the coach and there would have been a different reaction." Los Angeles Times

Despite it all, D'Antoni was unsure about resigning until Wednesday. "It was an impossible decision for Mike," LeGarie said. "He loved the guys on the team, the young guys. He clearly felt he had impacted their development and they had a real good buy-in on this. But clearly there wasn't enough there to get us past some of the issues." Los Angeles Times

The Lakers, coming off their worst season (27-55) since moving to Los Angeles in 1960, said they will begin their coaching search immediately. What kind of coach they pick might depend on their luck in the NBA draft lottery on May 20. Here's a quick look at some possible coaching candidates, starting from the college ranks. John Calipari. Current job: University of Kentucky. NCAA record: 548-171, one title. NBA record: New Jersey Nets (72-112). Calipari was fired by the Nets in his third season, but his success at Memphis and Kentucky — including the Wildcats' title in 2012 with Anthony Davis — keep his name in the NBA coaching rumor mill. Los Angeles Times

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Mike Trudell: The Lakers declined to pick up the option year (2015-16) on Mike D’Antoni’s contract, as D’Antoni and his agent had requested. D’Antoni met with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss at the team’s facility, where the conversation resulting in D’Antoni resigning took place. Twitter @LakersReporter

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