Mike D'Antoni Does it Better than Anyone


From Howard Beck's article in the New York Times:

Nate Robinson is still bothered by a sprained left ankle, which he injured in Saturday's loss to Miami. "He just said he can't go left," Mike D'Antoni said. "I didn't know if that was because of his ankle, or he just can't go left."

Most coaches wouldn't even try to be funny in that situation. Many others wouldn't razz their players in front of reporters.

D'Antoni is the only one I can think of who can pull off a public razzing like that -- and it doesn't seem mean at all. It's not laced with criticism. It's just a joke. Well done.