Coach D back on bench
New Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni made his game debut against the Brooklyn Nets in a game that ended too late for this edition.
"I'm too psyched up and too ready to go, I'll get through this," D'Antoni said.
D'Antoni hoped to coach Sunday, but opted out because of pain caused by his recent knee replacement surgery.
Bernie Bickerstaff has gone 4-1 as interim coach after taking over for the fired Mike Brown.
Wizardry gone wrong
As the coach of the only NBA team without a victory this season, Randy Wittman is trying to prevent his players from getting too down after a franchise-worst 0-9 start.
"This isn't fun. You don't sleep very good. The bowl of pasta doesn't taste good right now," Wittman said before the Wizards' flight to Atlanta for a game against the Hawks on Wednesday.
A loss against the Hawks (5-4) would make the Wizards the 13th team in NBA history to begin a season with a 10-game losing streak, according to STATS LLC.
The worst start was 0-18, by the New Jersey Nets in 2009-10.
- Associated Press