Mike D’Antoni had his press conference today, and looked relaxed, and comfortable (though he did acknowledge that he was “medicated”), as he talked to reporters for more than 45 minutes. D’Antoni will feature an uptempo offense, but expects the team to be good defensively as well.
He said the Lakers should average 110-115 points a game, and that he wants players to concentrate on playing to their strengths, and not doing too much (using Jodie Meeks’ dribbling in recent games as an example). HHe is excited to be back with Steve Nash, and to coach Kobe. He won’t call many plays, allowing his players and the flow of the game to dictate the action on the court. Mike will tailor his system to his players, such as the “unstoppable” Dwight Howard.
D’Antoni even has plans for Steve Blake, whom Mike claims he was trying to get for “10 years”.
D’Antoni wants to speed the game up, but he just wants the Lakers to play at their pace, in order to get as many quality shots as possible.
While the “Showtime” offense is important, D’Antoni also said the Lakers will be “a bear” defensively under his leadership.