Mike D'Antoni circled the court 2 feet at a time, moving smoothly on crutches while his Los Angeles Lakers went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan.
D'Antoni formally took over the Lakers on Thursday, four days after the club hired him to replace Mike Brown. The former Knicks and Suns coach is still on crutches and pain medication after surgery earlier this month.
"I'm really happy to be here -- excited," D'Antoni said. "(We're) starting to put stuff in now. Might take a little bit, but we're built to win this year. This is not a five-year project."
D'Antoni isn't likely to make his sideline debut until Sunday night against Houston, with interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff probably manning the bench Friday against Phoenix.
Highlights: Raymond Felton scored 25 points, and the New York Knicks (6-0) stayed undefeated by rallying to beat the host Spurs 104-100. ... Joe Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 3:03 left, and Brooklyn won its fourth straight, 102-97 over the Cetics.
Timberwolves: The team agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent Josh Howard. Howard is expected to be in uniform against the Warriors on Friday night.