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November 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
News broke late Sunday evening that Mike D'Antoni would become the Lakers head coach following the firing of Mike Brown. Most people had assumed that Phil Jackson would take over at the helm, but as Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan reported , Jackson's informal demands were just too steep and included a stake in team ownership. So the Lakers went with D'Antoni, who has five playoff appearances as a head coach but has never been to the NBA Finals compared with the Zen Master, who made the playoffs in each of his 20 seasons as head coach and has won 11 NBA titles.
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April 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers closed the book on another player this season, one of many who couldn't quite get over their injury problems. Xavier Henry made it through a total of 43 games before the Lakers officially shut him down Friday because of wrist and knee injuries. He showed an appetite for driving to the basket and averaged 10 points in 21.1 minutes, almost all as a reserve. "My body is going to continually hurt as long as I keep pounding it and pounding it," Henry said Friday.
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SPORTS
November 21, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have finally climbed above .500 to 6-5 despite losing point guard Steve Nash in the second game of the season to a leg injury. Through 11 games, center Dwight Howard has averaged 20.3 points, 11.7 boards and 2.8 blocks a game.  He's hitting 61.8% of his shots from the floor. However, he's struggled in two areas: turnovers (3.4 a night) and free throw shooting (48.4%). On Tuesday night, Howard's aim was so off, Brooklyn Nets Coach Avery Johnson asked his players to foul Howard away from the ball to put him on the line.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
He's often the forgotten one in the Lakers' mash-up of who's coming-who's going after this season. It's easy to understand why Robert Sacre is overlooked even though he's one of only four Lakers under contract after June - three if you toss out Nick Young , who is expected to decline a player option for $1.2 million. In the race to analyze/criticize the $23.5 million coming to Kobe Bryant next season and the $9.7 million due to Steve Nash , Sacre's $915,243 just doesn't measure up. But he'll be here unless he's traded.
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December 19, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers won their third-straight game Tuesday night, barely, holding off the Charlotte Bobcats by a single point, 101-100. Pau Gasol returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence.  He played 29 1/2 minutes, and while he only shot three for 10 from the field, his overall box score was relatively solid with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Coach Mike D'Antoni used Gasol's return as an opportunity to experiment with the team's rotation.  Devin Ebanks started the game at small forward but played just under five minutes, missing three of four shots.  That put Metta World Peace on the bench, in two roles.  D'Antoni wants World Peace to not only play small forward but also be Gasol's primary backup at the four.
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November 15, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
One of the goals for the Lakers, in hiring Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach, was to quicken the team's pace. Former Coach Mike Brown's style was somewhat plodding, especially as the players tried to execute his hybrid-Princeton offense. Patience now would have paid off later, but ownership decided it wasn't worth the time to find out. "We have a vision of how we thought this team would play, bringing in a player like Steve Nash," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "We thought we could get the ball in his hands a lot, play up-tempo.
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November 13, 2012 | By T.J. Simers
Just finished interviewing new Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni by telephone, and how's that for a fine start in town - he's talking to Page 2. It's going to take a little while to transcribe tape and write a column, but here's how we began Tuesday morning. "Got bad news for you, Mike. You're losing 73% to 11% to Phil Jackson in a poll of who people would like to see coaching the Lakers. " D'Antoni laughs. "I've got some really close friends who are Laker fans and they were disappointed I got the job. " Reminded that the fans in Staples Center have been chanting, "We want Phil," D'Antoni says, "They can't chant, 'We want Mike,' because they got him. " D'Antoni is still recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
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November 15, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
It became clear why the Lakers didn't need much more than a telephone interview with Mike D'Antoni to make the hire. It took, oh, about five minutes into his introductory news conference on Thursday at El Segundo to come to that realization. D'Antoni was charming, informative and self-deprecating. Even Lakers executive Mitch Kupchak, who was sitting next to D'Antoni, looked slightly relieved. Indeed, D'Antoni handled the L.A. media just fine in his first outing. A sampling from the new Lakers coach, who expects to coach on Sunday against Houston: --"As soon as he gets healthy -- he's not healthy now -- I expect Dwight Howard to be unstoppable.
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November 12, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers announced early Monday that they signed Mike D'Antoni to be their next head coach. The team's website said: "Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, executive vice president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak were unanimous that D'Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time. " D'Antoni rose to prominence as Steve Nash's coach in Phoenix, but the 61-year old from West Virginia has a long history in the game. As a player, D'Antoni was drafted in 1973 by the Kansas City Kings.
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February 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni downplayed the notion of adding a player to the Lakers' roster, even with forward-center Pau Gasol out for at least six to eight weeks with a foot injury. The big concern for D'Antoni with a new player would be finding the opportunity to work them into the team's rotation given the Lakers' urgency to win each and every game. "If you were in the playoffs and you can bring someone along for a couple of months because they don't know the system and they've got to get back into shape -- that might not be an option for us," D'Antoni said.
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March 27, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks are an awful team, clinging to the NBA's worst record week after week, month after month. But they can always remember one thing about this season. They swept the Lakers. It became official Thursday, 108-105, another loss for the Lakers that was only slightly better than their dismal one at home to the Bucks. On New Year's Eve. By 15. Was it already mentioned that the Bucks are the worst team in the NBA? This one took place in front of thousands of empty seats because the Wisconsin Badgers started a Sweet 16 game in Anaheim 15 minutes before tipoff here.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast. But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so engrossed in our need for instant gratification that we cannot look beyond the most recent tweet? Even as we dissect everything about the Lakers as if they were biology-class frogs, aren't we getting off track a bit? There is no intention here of being an apologist.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Point guards are the lifeblood of Coach Mike D'Antoni 's system, the heads of the snake that drive and score or kick out to open shooters in a perfect basketball world (see: Steve Nash , 2005). Too bad none of them can stay healthy on the Lakers. Nash has played only 11 games because of his chronically sore back, Jordan Farmar has played only 36 games and backup point guard Xavier Henry has spent more than two months on the sidelines. Kobe Bryant , a backup point guard for a while, lasted all of six games this season.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A foreign legion? Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni , on the need for his team's young players to prove themselves in the final stages of a lost season: "This is their future. This is not just, 'Oh, we're having a bad year.' No, your next stop is Europe, so it's like you know what, let's buckle up. They shouldn't have a minute where you don't play hard. They have to understand the importance of this time. " Fashion cop Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack , on wearing the NBA's sleeved uniforms: "We're like the beach police.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
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March 15, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
New York Knicks Coach Mike D'Antoni resigned Wednesday amid building frustrations between himself and the team's star player Carmelo Anthony. D'Antoni and Anthony had different ideas regarding how the offense should be run, and after the Knicks sunk to 18-24  as of Wednesday morning, D'Antoni decided to walk away. Assistant Coach Mike Woodson will take over the helm on an interim basis.  This leaves the question, who will eventually fill the hole? Is there a chance that Phil Jackson will come out of retirement for one last coaching stint?
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January 24, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
ORLANDO -- Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't like talking about the Lakers' defense, which had been pliant and generous, as usual. D'Antoni was simmering a day after the Lakers lost to Miami, 109-102, with Chris Bosh and LeBron James combining for 58 points on 24-of-37 shooting. "We were just watching film and we give up 15 to 20 points by guys not paying attention and not doing the things we talk about, and we're trying to get that right," D'Antoni said Friday before the Lakers played the Orlando Magic.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Los Angeles was hit by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake early Monday morning, with an epicenter five miles from Westwood. As the Lakers prepared to practice later in the morning, talk turned to the quake. "I felt it right at 6:30 [a.m. PDT], it kept on growing and growing and I almost said, 'I'm running out of my back door right now,'" said player-development coach Mark Madsen. Technically the quake hit at 6:25 a.m. "Yeah, it woke me up.  Somebody hit the massage button," joked Pau Gasol.  "It's fun to tell everyone, 'Hey, you felt it?
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers fans lost one of their favorite chants earlier this season, the "M-V-P" mantra reserved for the still-injured Kobe Bryant . They lost another one Friday. Phil Jackson joined the New York Knicks' front office as team president, taking away his chances of returning to the Lakers and presumably the "We Want Phil" chant that popped in and out of Staples Center since Coach Mike Brown was fired. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni heard them plenty of times since getting hired but said he didn't feel relieved with Jackson out of the picture.
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