D'Antoni in charge...T-wolves adding veteran to banged-up rosterEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The Mike D'Antoni era in Los Angeles has begun on crutches.
The new L.A. Lakers coach moved smoothly on crutches while his Lakers went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan.
Although D'Antoni's surgically replaced knee is slowing him down a bit, he couldn't wait any longer to get the Lakers rolling.
D'Antoni says he's "very happy to be here -- excited." He echoed Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, saying the Lakers are built to win now, adding: "This is not a five-year project. We have a window, and we're going to try and get through it."
D'Antoni formally took over the Lakers four days after the slow-starting club hired him to replace Mike Brown. Brown was fired after a 1-4 start. The Lakers are now 3-5 after going 2-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff.
D'Antoni is expected to make his sideline debut with the Lakers Sunday night against Houston.
In other NBA news:
- The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with 32-year-old free agent Josh Howard, pending a physical. The announcement came one day after the Wolves lost at home to Charlotte with six of their top seven players out.
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