Mike D’Antoni’s introductory press conference as head coach of the Lakers came last Thursday afternoon, but on Tuesday at Staples Center, he’ll actually be on the sideline.
“I’m too psyched up, I’m too ready to go, I’ll get through this – it’s not a big deal,” he said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “I (feel) better. It’s time to do it … I don’t want to miss too many games.”
L.A. has been scoring the ball at will for two games (116.5 per game) using elements of D’Antoni’s system as he watched from the locker room, still recovering from knee replacement surgery.
D’Antoni joked that he avoided head athletic trainer Gary Vitti, whom he praised for helping him through the recovery process, saying that even if his knee was still sore it was time for him to take the court.