Mike D'Antoni monitoring energy

Updated: November 18, 2012, 9:23 AM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After spending the past few days either on crutches or receiving treatment in the training room, new Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni hopes finally to get on the bench Sunday and coach his new team as the Lakers host the Rockets.

"I think (I will)," said D'Antoni, who had knee-replacement surgery recently. "Unless I wake up too tired. I'm getting there. It's getting a lot better."

D'Antoni met the media without aid of a crutch, but isn't quite ready to give ...

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