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There's More to NBA Than Lakers' Drama

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On Sunday night, when Mike D’Antoni makes his coaching debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, maybe the attention on this NBA regular season can start to focus on, well, the entire NBA regular season.

Don’t get me wrong. Whether D’Antoni and his up-tempo, decidedly-not-Phil-Jackson tenure as the Lakers' head coach works or fails will have huge and interesting ramifications for Los Angeles, the Lakers, the Western Conference and the NBA.

 

The league has forged for itself another great era because it has buttressed a deep reservoir of talent, storylines and interesting teams with a few key narratives stemming from its best and most marketable teams, most notably Miami, Los Angeles and, this season, New York.

 

This Lakers team in particular,...

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