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D'Antoni hopes Lakers start playing like Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Mike D'Antoni never built the team he wanted in New York. Now he looks at the Knicks and sees what he would like his Lakers to become.

D'Antoni returns to Madison Square Garden on Thursday for the first time since resigning as Knicks coach last March, hoping to see the type of performance his new team hasn't demonstrated nearly enough.

The Knicks were a disappointment last season, with D'Antoni saying things went ``sideways'' right from the start. Things haven't been much better in Los Angeles, where the Lakers are playing without injured starters Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.

While they struggle, the Knicks have surged to the top of the Eastern Conference, with Carmelo Anthony playing at a level he never reached under D'Antoni.

``They're playing the way I would like for us to play,'' D'Antoni said after the Lakers' morning workout. ``They're spreading the floor and one of the best things they do is they're not turning it over and they shoot 3s, and those are two big stats for winning and they do it the best in the league.''

The Knicks, still using some aspects of D'Antoni's offense under Mike Woodson, lead the NBA with 12 3-pointers per game while committing a league-low average of 10.5 turnovers.

Anthony is playing at an MVP level after struggling last season in D'Antoni's offense, which was baffling because of how well he's performed in it with the U.S. Olympic team.

D'Antoni stepped down in March when it became clear he and Anthony weren't going to be able to find a way to make it work and save the season. The Knicks then went 18-6 under Woodson before racing to a 16-5 start this season.

D'Antoni said he doesn't regret his time in New York and doesn't hold any resentment toward the Knicks, even after Anthony admitted he played harder under Woodson than he did under D'Antoni.

``Things got sideways,'' D'Antoni said. ``It was a shortened season and people were hurt and we were trying to battle through stuff and I was probably getting a little anxious and we didn't get there quick enough. But you learn from it, you move on, and what they're doing now is good.''

What the Lakers are doing isn't so good.

They entered Thursday's game with three straight losses and a 9-13 record. Though D'Antoni concedes sometimes the team's focus and spirit are down, the bigger problem is its health. Gasol was set to miss his sixth straight game Thursday with tendinitis in his knees and Nash still isn't back after breaking his leg in the second game of the season.

But the two-time MVP point guard under D'Antoni in Phoenix has been running and getting closer to a return, giving D'Antoni hope of a turnaround that never came once things went bad last season.

``We thought it was going to a marriage made in heaven because Nash was here,'' D'Antoni said. ``Well, I haven't seen him yet.''

D'Antoni has said he regretted rushing into a decision to leave Phoenix in 2008, rather than realize what he had with Nash. He took the Knicks job for four years and $24 million, but never had a great shot at winning. His first two seasons were spent shedding high-salary players so they could be far under the salary cap in the summer of 2010, when LeBron James led the free agency class.

The Knicks seemed on the rise in 2010-11, his third season, until trading a huge portion of the team to Denver in the Anthony deal. They were swept in the first round of the playoffs, then got off to a dismal start last season when Anthony and Amare Stoudemire were both hurt and unable to get comfortable playing together.

And though it didn't work out, D'Antoni said he loves New York, where his wife and son have remained since he took the Lakers job last month.

``Met some great people. Had good times, didn't end up exactly the way I would story book it, but I definitely don't regret it,'' he said. ``There's no bitterness at all.''

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

The Washington Wizards return to Capital One Arena to host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 2 p.m. 

The Wizards are hoping to not only bounce back after suffering from a tough 140-111 loss in Toronto Friday night but also to snap their losing streak at home. Monday’s game will be the Wizards last home, before hitting the road until they return home on January 30th. 

The Wizards currently lead the series 2-1, the Wizards won both matchups against the Pistons on Nov.4 and Dec. 16. However, most recently the Wizards fell short 132-102 on Dec 26th. Will the Wizards be able to win the season series on Monday?

Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's newest Predict the Game contest.

'PREDICT THE GAME' HOW TO WATCH

What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS TV SCHEDULE

1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons (LIVE)

4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

5:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)

WIZARDS 2019-20 'PREDICT THE GAME' SCHEDULE

January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

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