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Fox Sports West:
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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Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was caught doing the 'Gangman Style' dance sitting on the bench next to Steve Blake at the Staples Center during the Lakers-Rockets Sunday showdown. The Lakers beat the Rockets 119-108. Kobe Bryant recorded his 18th triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. "I'm a scorer, not a triple-double player," said Kobe Bryant.
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The Lakers are on a roll.
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While Los Angeles Lakers fans might get their first chance to see new coach Mike D'Antoni on Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets will get their first look at a player who almost ended up on their team.
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Mike D'Antoni is postponing his debut on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench, giving the coach a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery.
D'Antoni was tentatively planning to take over Sunday night against Houston, a week after the Lakers hired him to replace Mike Brown.
Instead, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and D'Antoni's wife persuaded him to...