It became clear why the Lakers didn't need much more than a telephone interview with Mike D'Antoni to make the hire.
It took, oh, about five minutes into his introductory news conference on Thursday at El Segundo to come to that realization. D'Antoni was charming, informative and self-deprecating.
Even Lakers executive Mitch Kupchak, who was sitting next to D'Antoni, looked slightly relieved. Indeed, D'Antoni handled the L.A. media just fine in his first outing.
A sampling from the new Lakers coach, who expects to coach on Sunday against Houston:
--"As soon as he gets healthy -- he's not healthy now -- I expect Dwight Howard to be unstoppable. There's no one stopping him. ... His touches should increase," he said of the Lakers center.