Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, VP Jim Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak collectively came to the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni on Sunday night at about 5 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, Kupchak met with selected reporters to address the coaching hire, discussing why D'Antoni got the job and explaining the process the team went through with former coach Phil Jackson.

Kobe Bryant addressed reporters after Tuesday's shootaround regarding Mike D'Antoni's hiring:

Q: On if he was surprised at the decision:
Bryant: I really didn't know what to expect, to be honest. I think we are all thinking it was gonna be Phil (Jackson). It probably caught Mike (D'Antoni) a little bit off guard, too. But I'm excited.

EL SEGUNDO – Lakers guard Steve Blake underwent an ultrasound exam earlier today by Dr. Steven Yoon; results of the test showed a minor abdominal strain. Blake will not play in tomorrow night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs and his status beyond that will be day-to- day.