Kobe Bryant's first choice for Lakers head coach was not Phil Jackson. But he talked openly of his desire to play with the Hall of Fame coach again after the Lakers fired Mike Brown.

Of course, Bryant said Tuesday he didn't know Jackson was interested in the job.

"I told them (GM Mitch Kupchak and Executive Vice President Jim Buss) Mike D'Antoni was my first choice," Bryant said after Tuesday's shoot-around. "I didn't know Phil was going to be an option. They said it is and I want to know how you feel about it. That was it.

"They knew my two guys that I liked. If one didn't work out with Phil, they knew they had my approval with the other one."

Buss and Kupchak, of course, hired D'Antoni instead of Jackson, a move that Bryant also applauded. He said D'Antoni's penchant for an up-tempo offense should work well with the Lakers.

"The offense that he installed for our USA Team is the offense that we ran to the tune of two gold medals," Bryant said.

"We all know the type of talent that we had on that team, so it was important for us to have an offense that was flexible, that was open, that kept everybody involved. It worked pretty well for us."

Bryant called D'Antoni an "offensive genius" who will use Steve Nash to "advantages and me to mine and Dwight (Howard) to his and Pau (Gasol) to his and so forth and so on."

Bryant downplayed D'Antoni's reputation for offensive-only teams. He said in all his years with Jackson, the Lakers maybe used three defensive drills.