D’Antoni on Lakers’ Pace: ‘It will be up’
When Mike D’Antoni took over as the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach, he vowed to return the team to its “Showtime” roots with a high-scoring brand of basketball.
A season later, he is pumping the brakes on his team’s expected pace.
“I was on drugs back then,” D’Antoni said with a laugh after practice Monday, recalling how he was still on pain medication following reconstructive knee surgery at the time.
“It will be up,” D’Antoni said of the pace. “It won’t be crazy, but we want to push it. It will be a nice pace. We want to get some easy buckets before the defense sets up. So we’ll be up in the top five in pace, that’s normal, but it won’t be breakneck speed.”