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Mike D'Antoni had them at hello

New Lakers coach has a different way, but his players already are buying in

Updated: November 16, 2012, 3:34 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- As introductions go, the visual on this one wasn't great. Mike D'Antoni, the offensive genius touting a return to the run-and-gun glory days of Showtime, is moving pretty slowly these days.

He needed crutches to coach his first practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday afternoon. He needed blood thinners to be cleared to get on a plane from New York and fly out to Los Angeles on Wednesday. He needs painkillers to get through the day just a few weeks after knee ...

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