Nov 24, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D

Lakers' Mike D'Antoni 'proud'

Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni came to the defense of Kobe Bryant’s teammates after Bryant told reporters “It’s not like we were gangbusters before” on Monday.

“I have to disagree with that,” D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles after Tuesday’s shootaround. “We were 6-2 in the last eight [games before Bryant's return] and I thought we played extremely well, winning three [in a row] on the road. … So, that’s not quite right. I’m really proud of what the guys did.”

Although D’Antoni obviously doesn’t seem disappointed in the Lakers’ play, he knows there is room to improve.

“We got to get a little more strong there and we got to get back [in transition],” D’Antoni said. “It’s a combination of things. It’s turning the ball over; we got to quit doing that. We got to run back on defense; we got to do that. And once we’re down there, we got to defend the paint better. If we want to be a good team and we want to get better, then that’s definitely a point of emphasis.”

The Lakers will host the Phoenix Suns Tuesday at 10:30 pm EST.

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