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Less Time, Fewer Timeouts Among Adjustments For NBA Coaches

NEW YORK — Mike D'Antoni ran an offensive system known as seven seconds or less, so he likes things fast.

Good thing, because NBA coaches find things come at them more quickly this season.

They are losing time and timeouts, with fewer days to prepare before the regular season and fewer chances to talk things over during games.

Throw in new rules legislating how they can rest players, and there are plenty of adjustments even for veteran coaches.

"I think it's good," said D'Antoni, the NBA coach of the year with Houston last year. "Take stuff out of coaches' hands, because we just screw it up anyway. So it's better for the players."...