Mike D’Antoni was thrown under the national spotlight last season when the Los Angeles Lakers decided to make him the head coach.
D’Antoni took over a Lakers roster filled with star power but struggling to win games. In addition, the fan base was not very receptive of the new coach as Phil Jackson was denied the job. D’Antoni guided the Lakers to the seventh seed in the Western Conference, only to be swept in the first round.
D’Antoni will now be heading into his first full season with the Lakers and he told the Los Angeles Times that he expects the chemistry to improve.
“We’ve definitely improved our shooting and I think the chemistry will be better just because the uncertainty has gone away,” D’Antoni said. “A lot of people will know their roles better and what’s going on on the floor better. Dealing with free agency day to day, we won’t have those problems.”
Dwight Howard uncertainty will no longer trouble the Lakers and, since many players are on the final year of their contracts, they will surely give it their all on a daily basis. The Lakers certainly don’t have very high expectations for the 2013-14 season, but it is something that will benefit both the coaches and the players.
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