Just finished interviewing new Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni by telephone, and how’s that for a fine start in town — he's talking to Page 2.
It’s going to take a little while to transcribe tape and write a column, but here’s how we began Tuesday morning.
"Got bad news for you, Mike. You’re losing 73% to 11% to Phil Jackson in a poll of who people would like to see coaching the Lakers."
D’Antoni laughs. "I’ve got some really close friends who are Laker fans and they were disappointed I got the job."
Reminded that the fans in Staples Center have been chanting, "We want Phil," D’Antoni says, "They can’t chant, 'We want Mike,' because they got him."