Mike D'Antoni has officially been introduced as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, will make his coaching debut on Sunday against the Houston Rockets. At that point, fans will receive an idea of what to expect from the offensive guru. Just how a new president's first 100 days in office are seen as a tone-setter for their term, so are a new coach's first handful of games.
Looking at the Lakers' schedule, it's going to be interesting to see how the team responds to D'Antoni over his first 10 games with them. That stretch provides the Lakers with a great variety of opponents, from sure contenders to bubble teams to cellar dwellers. Each game requires a certain strategy, and it is up to D'Antoni and his available players to execute it perfectly.
The Lakers don't necessarily have to win these first 10 games, but simply be competitive in them. Any wins accumulated are just an added bonus.
So long as D'Antoni follows certain guidelines, the recipe for success will be easy for him to follow.