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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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3 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.

  3. April 30, 2014, 9:52 pm

    This was a bad hire to start. Mike D' Antoni is good coach but his coaching style does not fit with this group of Lakers. First of all age you cant expect to push the ball up and down the court because their personal do not present this secondly trying to out score teams has been proven not work and lastly Lakers selected him over a 11 time NBA champion coach that speaks for it self

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