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Report: New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni plans to debut Tuesday

11.19.12 at 12:59 pm ET
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After delaying his Lakers coaching debut on Sunday, new coach Mike D’Antoni plans to make his debut on Tuesday night, according to an ESPN report.

D’Antoni is recovering from knee replacement surgery, and a Lakers spokesman said a combination of pain, fatigue and the medication D’Antoni is taking made the coach weary of being on the court Sunday afternoon. Lack of mobility was also a concern, according to the spokesman, as D’Antoni could have to move quickly to avoid a player careening toward the sideline.

“I’m a little disappointed, I wanted to be on the bench,” D’Antoni told reporters before Sunday’s game. “After talking with [Lakers trainer] Gary Vitti … he convinced me a little bit not to do it.”

“The biggest problem I have is just energy kind of waning toward the end [of the game],” D’Antoni added.

Bernie Bickerstaff continued as interim coach. With Sunday night’s 119-108 win over the Rockets, Bickerstaff is 4-1 since taking over for the fired Mike Brown.

The Lakers play the Nets at home on Tuesday before heading to Sacramento to play the Kings on Wednesday.

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