When asked if the team's fans were discouraged, D'Antoni snapped back with an answer he later admitted regretting.
"If they're discouraged, then find another team to root for," said D'Antoni on Monday. "We're not going to give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That's not even fair to these guys."
D'Antoni was trying to be supportive of his players but that's not exactly how it was taken by many -- including the bass player of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a well-known Los Angeles band.
"I was an idiot last night," said D'Antoni after the Lakers walkthrough on Tuesday, in preparation for their Christmas Day game against the
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."
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Farmar has been out since suffering a torn hamstring on Dec. 1.
"We need everybody to be behind these guys," said D'Antoni. "They're going to play as hard as they can play."