Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
They never said it would be easy.
Mike D'Antoni coached his 12th Los Angeles Lakers game Tuesday night, and a 100-94 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers put his record at 4-8. The stress manifested when he cracked during an interview session after the game.
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The setting: D'Antoni is speaking with news reporters about the loss when one asks him if his team practiced defense before the game. The question was a bit of a setup, with the interviewer going through his understanding of the Lakers' pregame activities, which didn't include defensive drills.
"Hell, yeah, we worked for a half-hour on it," D'Antoni countered. "You're starting to piss me off. You're starting to piss me off because you're saying something that's not factually correct."