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Mike D'Antoni is introduced as the new Lakers head coach at the Toyota Sports Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mike D'Antoni is all smiles as he is introduced as the new Lakers head coach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mike D'Antoni walks the halls of the Lakers practice facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mike D'Antoni looks on as his brother, Dan D'Antoni, coaches Lakers players during practice at the Toyota Sports Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is surrounded with cameras and microphones moments before Mike D'Antoni is introduced.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mike D'Antoni talks with assistant coaches Bernie Bickerstaff, left, and Darvin Ham during practice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mike D'Antoni, seated next to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, is introduced as the new Lakers head coach during a news conference at the Toyota Sports Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

New Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni arrives at the team's El Segundo training facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

New Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, seated beside Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, speaks to sports reporters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Coach D'Antoni watches players practice at the team's El Segundo training facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Mike D’Antoni introduced as Lakers new coach

Mike D’Antoni hobbled to his first news conference as the Lakers coach. He used a crutch on his left side, still recovering from knee-replacement surgery.

Then he spoke about the need to be strong. He wasn’t the popular choice among Lakers fans, finishing a distant second to Phil Jackson, but he wasn’t the one receiving a midnight call from General Manager Mitch Kupchak last Sunday.

“We’re built to win this year. This is not a project,” D’Antoni said Thursday. “We have a window.”

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2 Comments

  1. July 23, 2013, 2:03 pm

    he did but he didnt succseed.. An era is over after Dwigth's departure…

    By: Sağlık
  2. September 5, 2013, 10:09 am

    Phil Jackson, but he wasn’t the one receiving a midnight call from General Manager Mitch Kupchak last Sunday.

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