About the only thing the Los Angeles Lakers achieved in seven seconds or less last season was making their coach regret saying his team should "easily" average 110-115 points per game when he took the job.
"Yeah, well, I was on drugs back then," Mike D'Antoni told the Los Angeles Times with a chuckle on Monday, referring to the pain medication he was taking while recovering from knee surgery. "My knee was hurting. Vicodin was killing me."
The Lakers didn't exactly die a slow death on the court in a season that fell far short of expectations, averaging 102.2 points (sixth in the NBA) and 96.8 possessions per game (fourth). But they also didn't resemble the shot-clock-defying offenses D'Antoni ran in Phoenix that generated the seven-seconds-or-less mantra.