Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni Tempers Excitement
Everyone loves everybody now. There were Lakers hugs all around, with fans at Staples Center on Sunday joining the party, getting rally towels and the feel of a playoff game.
Happy 79th birthday, Jerry Buss, as Gush City flattens Oklahoma City and holds the top-scoring team in the NBA below 100 points.
As good an afternoon as it was for everyone, including Jodie Meeks — and who knew he still played for the Lakers? — (Lakers coach Mike) D’Antoni remained cautious.
“Couldn’t you seem a little more excited?” I said, a little surprised D’Antoni sounded like someone watching the Pro Bowl rather than someone who had just recorded his biggest Lakers win to date.
“Not yet,” D’Antoni said. “I’m happy about how we’re playing right now, but we have a big road trip coming and that will be the telling tale. If we can continue with this energy and this type of playing, then yeah, I will be real excited.”