D’Antoni just what the Heat want in L.A.

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Heat Read: D’Antoni just what the Heat want in L.A.?

Editor’s note: Throughout the 2012-13 NBA season we’ll be asking our colleagues at The Heat Index to weigh in on the progress of the Lakers’ newly minted super group. This week, Tom Haberstroh wonders whether Mike D’Antoni’s style for the Lakers doesn’t play right into Miami’s hands.

Man, one week can change everything, huh?

Just last week in this space, we were talking about how Mike Brown’s defense would make or break his chances at retaining his Lakers job. Well, apparently the Lakers had seen enough.

Sometime this weekend, little more than one week later, Mike D’Antoni will make his Los Angeles Lakers head-coaching debut. And you can be sure that one team in particular will be watching extra closely: the Miami Heat.

In fact, the Heat will likely be taking notes to see how a potential Finals opponent evolves under its new playcaller on the sidelines.

To be sure, Erik Spoelstra and the Heat have seen plenty of D’Antoni’s offense in action.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh got a firsthand glimpse of D’Antoni’s capabilities when they played on the 2008 Olympic team when D’Antoni was the assistant coach, and the Heat’s trio had a 4-2 record against D’Antoni when he was leading the way for the Knicks.

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By Tom Haberstroh

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