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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time Mike D'Antoni was a head coach was with the Lakers and it was two brutal years where he dealt with injuries to three of his star players, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and of course Kobe Bryant. It was Bryant who didn't vibe with the up-tempo offense. Wednesday night will be D'Antoni's first visit to LA when the Rockets visit Staples Center. "The biggest thing (in Houston), management, ownership, star players want to play the way you want to coach," D'Antoni said. "So that makes it nice no doubt. No second guessing. This is the way we're going to go."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo had high praise for Brad Stevens while discussing his former coach after Wednesday's practice. "He's probably the most positive coach I've ever played for," Rondo said. "Always onto the next play, very inspiring, very encouraging. As a player, you want to play for a guy like a Brad Stevens. He's just real positive."

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The Warriors lost their home opener Tuesday night by 29 points. In the previous two seasons, Golden State lost four regular-season home games by a combined 25 points.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine is hopeful he'll be able to play in opener. Says his ankle is feeling "great."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden getting some work in with John Lucas.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The man who signs the checks, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, is at shootaround.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams says he didn't watch Spurs-Warriors. "I was watching cartoons, mate," he said. "Some Japanese anime."