Los Angeles Lakers

Mike D'Antoni's Dark Humor Getting Darker with Each Laker Loss

Is D'Antoni going off the deep end?
Is D'Antoni going off the deep end?Melissa Majchrzak/Getty Images
Jim CavanContributor IJanuary 11, 2014

L.A. might be the city of 70-degree winters, but for Mike D’Antoni and the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, not even the SoCal sunshine is enough to warm a season growing darker by the day.

Nowhere are the nerves more obvious than with D’Antoni, whose new coping mechanism seems to be a unique brand of cryptic comedy.

It began following a practice session on Jan. 9, when D’Antoni uttered a trio of twisted quotables straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.

Whoa! Coach throwin' shade!

That makes me never want to drive through a tunnel again.

That's actually pretty funny.

To be fair, every coach has his own way of coping with his team’s struggles.

Some tighten their reins and limit access to the media. Others double down on practice time and get back to the fundamentals. Still others will pile up the technical fouls in an effort to light a fire beneath their players.

This season, D’Antoni has chosen something of a different route: a brand of humor somewhere on the scale between quick wit and sardonic snark.

Whatever floats your boat, coach!

Then there’s this one, delivered the next day.

Oh. Oh geez.

Lobbying for laughs is one thing. Being so down-and-out that you’re thinking about picking up the bottle? That right there's Louis C.K. territory.

No one is taking D’Antoni’s latest quip seriously, of course—and they shouldn’t.

But it sure does provide an interesting, entertaining window into Lakerland turmoil.

If the Lakers keep losing and D’Antoni suddenly finds himself on the hot seat, he might want to think about booking a show at the Hollywood Improv.

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