Posted November 15, 2012 on AP on Fox

Kobe Bryant waves as the 2009 NBA Champion Lakers celebrate their 15th NBA Championship with a parade in Los Angeles on June 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten) Photo via Newscom

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Mike D'Antoni is already making his mark on the Los Angeles Lakers, but it doesn't look like he'll be ready for his debut on the Staples Center sidelines for a few more days. As long as Kobe Bryant's there, the Lakers may not have too much trouble. Bryant has averaged 42.0 points in his last three home games against the Phoenix Suns, who have lost seven of eight on the road in this series and could have trouble faring better Friday night if they can't improve their Western Conference-worst defense. D'Antoni formally took over the Lakers (3-5) on Thursday, four days after being hired to replace Mike Brown, and he watched as his new team went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan. The former Knicks and Suns coach is still on crutches and pain medication after having knee surgery, and said he'll likely wait until Los Angeles hosts Houston on Sunday to make his official coaching debut. But D'Antoni couldn't hide his e...
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