Found November 15, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- Mike D'Antoni eased into his seat at the table for his introductory press conference Thursday afternoon, fresh off knee surgery. He won't be able to ease into his new job. The Los Angeles Lakers introduced their 24th head coach Thursday at their practice facility in El Segundo, three days after signing D'Antoni to a three-year contract reportedly worth $12 million. The Lakers fired former head coach Mike Brown on Nov. 9 after a 1-4 start followed an 0-8 preseason. With the Lakers now at 3-5 after a 2-1 run under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who is expected to coach the team Friday against Phoenix as D'Antoni continues to recuperate, D'Antoni understands the immediate pressure he's facing. Especially as he was picked over beloved former head coach Phil Jackson, who was thought to be the front-runner for the position. "We're built to win this year," D'Antoni said. "This is not a project. We have a window, and...
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