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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Saturday report: D'Antoni hopes to coach Sunday; DJO has hops

By Brian Kamenetzky

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The newsiest thing happening Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles Lakers practice: Mike D'Antoni confirmed he plans to coach Sunday night against the Houston Rockets, assuming his energy allows as he continues to get on his feet in the wake of recent knee replacement surgery. (The second newsiest concerned Steve Blake, who didn't practice Saturday and is questionable for tomorrow night.)

The funniest thing was probably watching Darius Morris watch Steve Nash put in his time on the elliptical machine as the Lakers' starting point guard recovers from a small fracture in his left fibula. Morris couldn't get over how smiley Nash looked, as if he could just be "some guy at 24 Hour Fitness." Shows his ID card on the way in, grabs a towel, and goes.

Morris is young and grew up in L.A., so he probably hasn't met that many Canadians. A jovial people, they are.

The most entertaining?

How about Darius Johnson-Odom, standing well beyond the 3-point line, throwing the ball against the back wall of the gym with a hard underhand toss, then grabbing the rebound and rising to dunk with a right-handed windmill. On the first try. Then, just for fun, DJO jumped and put his head up at the rim. Not bad for 6 feet 2. For those wondering why the Lakers chose to keep him around with their 15th roster spot, that sort of athleticism provides a strong clue.

Other notes:
*Offensive and defensive efficiency are calculated differently by different sites, so the numbers don't always match. Basketball-Reference.com says the Lakers average 1.066 points per offensive possession, and give up 1.019. According to Hoopdata.com, the Lakers score 1.031 points a trip, and allow .971.