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 EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Just when everybody thought the Los Angeles Lakers were getting back together with Phil Jackson, they switched course in the middle of the night and went with Mike D'Antoni.
What a weekend in Hollywood - and the real drama isn't over yet.
The Lakers reacted with ample excitement and a little bewilderment Monday to their front office's surprising decision to hire D'Antoni as coach Mike Brown's replacement over Jackson.
The Lakers' third coach in four days won't take over the team until later in the week. D'Antoni still hasn't been cleared to travel after undergoing knee replacement surgery earlier in the month, although the Lakers are optimistic he'll arrive Wednesday.
Big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol both believe D'Antoni's up-tempo style can work well for the Lakers.

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