D'Antoni made his sideline debut in front of the hometown crowd as the Lakers surpassed the Brooklyn Nets to win their third straight game and rise above .500 for the first time all season.
It was undoubtedly not just an emotional victory for D'Antoni but a relieving one as well. With so many people calling for Phil Jackson prior to his hiring and still plenty of pundits criticizing Los Angeles for the way it handled the situation, Coach D needed this game.
Well, he got it. Now that his inaugural appearance is over and done with, the Lakers can get back to business.
As expected, the head coach's first game on the bench was extremely telling. From his rotation to the way he utilized and interacted with his players, much can be made of D'Antoni's first game alongside his new troops.
So, let's make plenty of it.