Ever since Mike D'Antoni got a new knee and a new job in rapid succession earlier this month, his life has been a jumble of unfamiliar faces, grueling rehabilitation sessions and anonymous hotel rooms.
For a few hours Tuesday night, the veteran coach finally got back into his natural environment. And even if he's not quite ready to roam an NBA sideline with his usual vigor, the Los Angeles Lakers are moving smoothly under his command.
D'Antoni made his debut on the Lakers' bench Tuesday night in a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Nine days after he was hired and five days after he flew to Los Angeles to start work, D'Antoni finally coached a game on the sideline with no stumbles - either literal or metaphorical - during Los Angeles' fifth win in six games.
''I've felt different for about two weeks now, so this feels good,'' D'Antoni said. ''Everybody is kidding you - and yes, the pressure is there - but you know what? This feels great. I wouldn't change it for the world. I d...