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D'Antoni receives warm reception in land of Suns

Originally Published: December 16, 2008
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- The noise was definitely rising, louder than a Phoenix crowd had cheered for Mike D'Antoni in a very long time, when the arena lights and the big screen overhead were suddenly switched off.

Who knows how loud it would have gotten if the darkness that signals the start of introductions for the home team, D'Antoni's old team, didn't snuff out a standing ovation warmer than the former coach of the Suns ever imagined?

The warmth clearly surprised and moved D'Antoni, ...

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