Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mike D'Antoni apologizes for saying Lakers fans should 'find another team to root for'

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announces he is unable to coach his new team against the Rockets, due to recovery from a knee operation, in Los Angeles

On Monday, Mike D'Antoni drew the ire of Los Angeles Lakers fans when he told supporters who are frustrated with the club's performance to "go find another team to root for."

The comments were destined to stir up the pot and anger Lakers fans from the beginning. On Tuesday, D'Antoni issued an immediate apology.

“I was an idiot last night,” said D’Antoni after the Lakers walkthrough on Tuesday, in preparation for their Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat. “I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn’t play well … so I said some stuff I shouldn’t have. That’s me. I just made a mistake.”

D’Antoni tried to clarify what he meant with his comments, while acknowledging he didn’t deliver the message as intended.

“We’ve got a team that is overachieving. We have a lot of injuries and we’re in a tough state right now. We need everybody to be pulling with us. It’s going to take the whole village to get this done,” he said. “That was the meaning, I just said it wrong. It came out wrong because I was agitated. I apologize.”

It was an apology that D'Antoni had to make after ripping the very people who pay his salary. Fans will tolerate many things, but they won't stand for being told not to root for the team they love. This was a necessary move for D'Antoni to make after already finding himself on the hot seat.


  1. he is not a good coach

  2. get any other coach even someone from collage

  3. If Dr. Buss still alive I can say you, you are no longer the coach of the lakers right now. If there is no fans what you gonna do for the teams you moron (D'Antoni)

  4. The problem isn't the coach. The problem is the Kobe-centric mentality. When he is there they do not play as a team, but they are so conditioned to give him the ball whenever he calls for it, they don't know how to play as a team without him. It will take 1-2 years WITHOUT the Black Mama for this team to start playing as a team. Don't blame the coach.