When the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson to replace Mike Brown, it threw more than just the fans for a loop -- even Magic Johnson came out strongly against the hire and Lakers executive Jim Buss.
But General Manager Mitch Kupchak later said team officials didn't want to hire a coach based on public pressure, and Kobe Bryant proclaimed his support for Buss and D'Antoni -- noting that when he thought the team's former coach wasn't available, D'Antoni was the first person he mentioned to management.
Before D'Antoni arrived, interim Coach Bernie Bickerstaff suffered his lone defeat thus far as the team fell to the San Antonio Spurs on a late Danny Green three-pointer. In that game, Bryant played point guard down the stretch with Metta World Peace in the backcourt guarding Tony Parker, which arguably worked, the final score not withstanding.
There was other news outside of the coaching drama. The Los Angeles City Council declared Nov. 14 "Dwight Howard Day," Robert Horry joined the Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcast and DirecTV finally came to terms with TWC, allowing subscribers to watch SportsNet and its Spanish-language sister channel.