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Lakers can finally move forward

After D'Antoni's debut in win over Nets, L.A. feels it's headed somewhere now

Updated: November 21, 2012, 7:53 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- A week has passed since the Los Angeles Lakers chose Mike D'Antoni as their head coach, and when he looks back on it years from now, he probably won't remember much about it except that he was on a lot of painkillers as he was forced to come back too quickly on his surgically replaced knee.

But a lot has happened in a week. In practice, as he has installed bits and pieces of the offense he somehow needs his new team to feel, not simply learn. In his team, which had a week ...

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