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D'Antoni wants 'Showtime' for these Lakers, too

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Although Mike D'Antoni is on crutches after knee surgery, he's already at work with the Lakers.

D'Antoni coached his first practice with his new team Thursday, four days after the Lakers hired him to replace fired Mike Brown.

The former Knicks and Suns coach had knee-replacement surgery this month, delaying his arrival to take over the star-studded roster that got off to a 1-4 start. Los Angeles is 2-1 since Brown's firing a week ago today.

D'Antoni's assistant coach and brother, Dan, ran drills during the portion of practice open to the media as Mike watched from the perimeter. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff also was in practice. The Lakers hadn't said who would coach tonight against the Suns.

"(We're) starting to put stuff in now. Might take a little bit but … we're built to win this year. … We would love to be able to play Showtime-type basketball," D'Antoni said, referring to the Lakers of the Magic Johnson era. "We would like to get some place close to that."

The Lakers praised their new coach's demeanor during their first few hours together.

"He said we should be scoring 110 points a game, or something like that," said Kobe Bryant. "At some point, you just throw the ball out there and let us figure things out on our own, which is really what we do best, and that's what we're going to do."

Meanwhile, after saying on Twitter he wouldn't comment on D'Antoni's hiring if he didn't "have anything nice to say," Johnson said what was on his mind. Johnson said on ESPN's NBA Countdown on Wednesday that he doesn't think D'Antoni is right for the job, can't understand how the Lakers passed on Jackson and doesn't believe in Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss.

Game highlights: Raymond Felton scored 25 and the Knicks stayed undefeated (6-0) by rallying to beat the host Spurs 104-100. … Joe Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 3:03 left, and the host Nets beat the Celtics 102-97 for their fourth straight win. Boston was without Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle).

Heat troubles: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul had double doubles as the host Clippers got a 107-100 victory over the Heat late Wednesday. Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Paul had 16 points and 10 assists in the Clippers' fourth straight win. LeBron James scored 30 for the Heat, which dropped to 2-2 on its six-game trip. "(This) was not a good game for us," said Dwyane Wade, who had six points. Wade was kept out of Thursday's game at Denver because of a sprained left foot. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the move was cautionary.

Around the league: With only nine healthy players on the roster and six of their top seven out because of injuries, the Timberwolves agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent forward Josh Howard, pending a physical. … The Rockets intend to fine rookie Royce White for every day he remains away from the team or doesn't attend sessions with a therapist they arranged, the Houston Chronicle reported. White, the 16th overall pick in the draft out of Iowa State, is absent in a dispute over how the team is helping him with his anxiety disorder. … The league is investigating a reported confrontation between Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins after both were ejected in Memphis' 107-97 win Wednesday.


NEW YORK (104): Brewer 4-8 0-2 9, Anthony 3-12 3-4 9, Chandler 4-8 5-7 13, Kidd 5-8 0-0 14, Felton 10-20 3-5 25, Smith 6-13 4-5 17, Novak 2-6 0-0 5, Wallace 4-8 0-0 10, Prigioni 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-85 15-23 104.

SAN ANTONIO (100): Leonard 6-12 1-1 16, Duncan 6-10 2-4 14, Blair 1-4 0-0 2, Parker 7-20 5-7 19, Green 4-10 0-0 9, Ginobili 4-8 3-4 12, Splitter 4-6 5-5 13, Diaw 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 2-6 0-0 5, Jackson 4-11 0-0 10. Totals 38-87 16-21 100.

New York 33 22 17 32— 104

San Antonio 31 26 19 24— 100

3-Point GoalsNew York 11-25 (Kidd 4-6, Wallace 2-3, Felton 2-4, Smith 1-1, Brewer 1-3, Novak 1-5, Prigioni 0-1, Anthony 0-2), San Antonio 8-29 (Leonard 3-7, Jackson 2-6, Mills 1-4, Ginobili 1-5, Green 1-5, Duncan 0-1, Parker 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 48 (Anthony 12), San Antonio 60 (Duncan 14). AssistsNew York 17 (Felton 7), San Antonio 21 (Parker 12). Total FoulsNew York 19, San Antonio 20.


BOSTON (97): Pierce 8-12 4-6 22, Bass 4-14 0-1 8, Garnett 6-12 2-2 14, Barbosa 5-11 6-6 17, Terry 3-7 2-4 10, Wilcox 2-2 2-2 6, Lee 4-8 4-4 13, Green 2-6 0-0 5, Collins 1-2 0-0 2, Sullinger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-75 20-25 97.

BROOKLYN (102): Bogans 2-3 0-0 5, Humphries 3-8 4-4 10, Lopez 11-14 2-5 24, Williams 6-17 9-9 24, Johnson 6-19 5-6 19, Watson 2-8 0-0 5, Stackhouse 1-3 0-0 3, Evans 1-2 1-2 3, Blatche 3-9 1-1 7, Childress 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 36-85 22-28 102.

Boston 26 24 29 18— 97

Brooklyn 31 28 15 28— 102

3-Point GoalsBoston 7-13 (Pierce 2-2, Terry 2-4, Green 1-1, Lee 1-2, Barbosa 1-4), Brooklyn 8-22 (Williams 3-6, Johnson 2-7, Bogans 1-2, Stackhouse 1-3, Watson 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 49 (Lee 9), Brooklyn 51 (Humphries 13). AssistsBoston 17 (Terry 6), Brooklyn 19 (Williams 8). Total FoulsBoston 24, Brooklyn 18.

D'Antoni wants 'Showtime' for these Lakers, too 11/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:44pm]
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