Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  By L.A. TIMES  |  Last updated 10/21/13
When Mike D'Antoni became the Lakers' coach last season, he wanted them to be a fast-paced team that scored around 110 points a game. Then reality set in. With their aging roster, the Lakers averaged 102.2 points. "i was on drugs back then," D'Antoni said with a laugh after Monday's practice. "My knee was hurting, Vicodin was killing me." This time around, D'Antoni has more realistic expectations. When asked what he's thinking the team's pace should be, the coach didn't mince words. "I'm not thinking," D'Antoni said. "Obviously it didn't work out last year so I don't know. We're just going to try to score as many as we can and hold them to as few points as we can." D'Antoni said he wants the Lakers to be in the top five teams in the league in pace. "It won't be breakneck speed," he said. Steve Nash said the Lakers weren't equipped for the type of basketball D'Antoni had envisioned. "We didn't have the makeup for that type of play," the 39-year-old point guard said. "We didn...
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