LOS ANGELES -- He had major knee replacement surgery just three weeks ago. Now that he's finally on the bench with his team, Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni was asked if he felt that his team was more secure with their leader on the sidelines with them.
"They haven't seen me coach. They should be scared -- they should be real scared," a smiling D'Antoni told the media after a 95-90 win over the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night at Staples Center. "Hopefully that'll make them play harder.
They did play hard down the stretch, trailing by six points with just under five minutes remaining in the game. D'Antoni's presence provided a boost to a struggling Laker team that factored in to the team's comeback victory.
"Hey, he just came back from surgery; his knee is pretty bad," said center Jordan Hill. "You saw him out there limping and that's total dedication to this team and this organization. He wants to win and he wants to be out there." Hill went on to describe D'Antoni's work ethic as insp...