Mike D’Antoni on Lakers fans: If they’re discouraged, find another team to root for


Mike D’Antoni really knows how to put his foot in it.

After tonight’s 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns, D’Antoni reacted rather angrily when asked about discouraged Laker fans.

via 710 ESPN Los Angeles:

[pullquote]Why would I be discouraged? We’re fine with a bunch of good guys that have played well before and will play again. If [the fans] are discouraged, you know, find another team to root for. I’m alright. We’re not gonna give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That’s not even fair to these guys.[/pullquote]

Now, I know where D’Antoni is coming from – this team is battling serious injury problems and has guys playing their hearts out every single night – though the way he responded is bound to draw him criticism.

D’Antoni is already widely disliked by the Lakers’ fan base and statements like this don’t help his case. I know this isn’t a popularity contest and he’s defending his players, but I’m not so sure the Lakers as a brand will appreciate their head coach telling the fans to go and root for another team.

There’s a way of saying certain things and still getting your message across – this isn’t it.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering