Originally written November 19, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- Mike D'Antoni still hasn't coached a game for the Los Angeles Lakers, but it's obvious he began putting a stamp on his new team after taking over seven days ago. Still mending from recent knee-replacement surgery, D'Antoni was not on the sideline Sunday when the Lakers welcomed the Houston Rockets. It didn't matter. With D'Antoni watching from a trainer's room inside Staples Center, grimacing while undergoing a taxing physical therapy session but smiling from what he was seeing on the television screen, the Lakers cruised past the Rockets 119-108 while utilizing the D'Antoni-inspired, up-tempo, fast-paced offense. Kobe Bryant continued his early-season efficiency with his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Four other Lakers scored in double figures, led by Dwight Howard, who had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Pau Gasol scored 17 points, Metta World Peace added 15, and Darius ...
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