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Lakers season wrap: Coach Mike D'Antoni worthy of blame or credit?
Lakers season wrap: Coach Mike D'Antoni worthy of blame or credit?

In a year defined by injury, Coach Mike D'Antoni became a lightning rod for criticism, despite leading the Lakers (45-37) team to a 28-12, seventh-place finish. In the closing moments of the Lakers' sweep by the San Antonio Spurs, the familiar chant of "We want Phil" echoed through Staples Center.  It would appear many fans thought D'Antoni had everything to do with what went wrong this past season -- and nothing to do with the team's 70% winning-percentage over nearly half the season. When D'Antoni took over for Mike Brown and Bernie Bickerstaff, he was short Steve Nash (leg) and Steve Blake (abdominal strain).  When he finished the season,...

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