Mike D'Antoni circled the court two feet at a time, moving smoothly on crutches while his Los Angeles Lakers went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan.
Although D'Antoni's surgically replaced knee is slowing him down a bit, he couldn't wait any longer to get the Lakers rolling.
D'Antoni formally took over the Lakers on Thursday, four days after the slow-starting club hired him to replace Mike Brown. The former Knicks and Suns coach is still on crutches and pain medication, but knee surgery couldn't keep him away from the Lakers any longer.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak welcomed D'Antoni after practice at a news conference packed with dozens of media members. D'Antoni is likely to make his sideline debut Sunday night against Houston.
''I'm really happy to be here - excited,'' D'Antoni said. ''(We're) starting to put stuff in now. Might take a little bit, but Mitch has said, and I'm sure you guys know, we're built to win this year. This is not...