Championship or bust for D'Antoni

Mike D'Antoni is happy to be in L.A. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US Presswire

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Toward the end of his nearly 45-minute introductory news conference as the Los Angeles Lakers' new head coach, Mike D'Antoni was asked to describe his previous stop in New York.

"Arrrhhh!" D'Antoni shrieked with a chuckle.

These days, D'Antoni is practically screaming with joy. He admits he still is shocked the Lakers opted to go with him instead of Phil Jackson, but he's not complaining.

Somehow, D'Antoni went from failing to make Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire mesh to inheriting Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and his beloved former Suns point guard, Steve Nash.

All that his new players talked about on Thursday was winning a championship.

"We didn't quite get there in New York," D'Antoni said. "I think we said, 'Let's win one.' There's no use hiding it. This is our goal and this is what we should do."

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