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Mike D'Antoni to make Lakers coaching debut Tuesday night

November 20, 2012|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, on crutches at a practice, talks with assistants Bernie Bickerstaff, left, and Darvin Ham.
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, on crutches at a practice, talks with… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

New Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is indeed a go to be on the court Tuesday night as the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets, team spokesman John Black has confirmed.

After a false start Sunday that gave Bernie Bickerstaff a chance to pad his record as winningest coach in franchise history (by percentage), D'Antoni finally will take over, eight days after signing with the team.

D'Antoni's on-court debut with the Lakers has been delayed by his recovery from knee-replacement surgery a few weeks ago. On Monday, he appeared without crutches to speak with the media.

Since Mike Brown was relieved of his coaching duties, the Lakers have won four of five games.  In each victory the team scored more than 100 points but in the last two, under the influence of D'Antoni, the team averaged 116.5 points a game.

D'Antoni has said he expects the Lakers to score 110 to 115 points a night.

They'll have to do it without Steve Nash for now because the team's star point guard is still recovering from a non-displaced knee fracture. Steve Blake is also questionable, with an abdominal strain.


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