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NBA Playoffs: Lakers embrace D'Antoni's vision, out-small ball Rockets

There are some quotes that follow a coach his whole career, or at least long enough to become profoundly ironic.

When Mike D'Antoni took over as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012 and was asked how he planned to use likely future Hall of Fame big men Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, he shrugged and called a straight post up possession "one of the least efficient plays in basketball." At the time, that stance was heretical for a franchise that had been led by some of the best bigs in NBA history: Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan, just to name a few.