The Los Angeles Lakers suffered an embarrassing loss 117-90 against the Phoenix Suns on on Monday, and afterward, Coach Mike D’Antoni got emotional.
In a postgame interview, he said, that fans who are feeling down about the team should “find another team to root for.”
He quickly realized that he’d let his emotions get the best of him, and apologized. He said:
"I was an idiot last night. I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and I said some stuff I shouldn't have. It was stupid. That's me, I just made a mistake."
At least he owned up to it.
D'Antoni further added:
"To me, the meaning is this: We got a team that needs to overachieve and we have a lot of injuries and we're in a tough state right now. So, we need everybody to be pulling with us and it's going to take the whole village to get this done. That was the meaning. I just said it wrong and it came out wrong because I was agitated. But I apologize, and we'll move on. But we need everybody to be behind these guys. They're going to play as hard as they can play."
Unfortunately for D’Antoni the coaching is what is making this team hard to watch. There is hardly any defense played, and the team simply isn’t good enough at shooting to rely on that alone. The big men are coached to play more like stretch 4s, and when they don’t, they get benched (look at Chris Kaman’s situation).
Sure, defense is essentially on the players, because it’s an issue of wanting the ball. However, if your minutes get cut as a result of you lurking in the paint instead of getting back on offense for a fast-break, and you’re on a one-year contract, where’s the incentive?