League executives voted Kobe Bryant as the second-best shooting guard in the league, according to a survey of the team's 30 general managers.
"He's probably the second-best with a torn Achilles," he said.
Even though this is the first time in the poll's 12-year history that Bryant wasn't voted as the top player in the league at his position (Houston's James Harden was voted the best shooting guard), D'Antoni said the slip has nothing to do with Bryant's age.
"You know how good he played last year, my gosh, nobody plays better than him," D'Antoni said of the 35-year-old superstar. "You never know what's behind their thinking but I'm sure that those 30 execs would get him in a second."
Bryant has recently appeared to use other slights as motivation.
Could this be just another slight to add to the bulletin board?
"You know what, I don't think he went berserk because he's motivated enough anyway," D'Antoni said. "It does not matter. This guy is dedicated for Lakers fans, for himself, for us as a team."