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D'Antoni apologizes for fan remarks

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A frustrated Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni retreated from his comments directed at fans after a 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

After the game, D'Antoni said fans should find another team to root for if they were dissatisfied with the Lakers.

"I was an idiot (Monday) night," D'Antoni said. "I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and I said some stuff I shouldn't have. It was stupid. That's me, I just made a mistake.

"To me, the meaning is this: We got a team that needs to overachieve and we have a lot of injuries and we're in a tough state right now. So we need everybody to be pulling with us and it's going to take the whole village to get this done. That was the meaning.

"I just said it wrong and it came out wrong because I was agitated. But I apologize, and we'll move on. But we need everybody to be behind these guys. They're going to play as hard as they can play."

The injury-ravaged Lakers (13-15), who are missing star Kobe Bryant and a host of guards, enter their Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat (21-6) having lost six of their past nine games. The Heat have won five in a row and seven of their past eight.

"I'm proud because of the way their attitude (stays upbeat) and the way they approach each game," D'Antoni said of his players. "They've gotten tired lately. Our energy has sagged because of guys logging heavy minutes. We just got to keep them up, keep them focused and keep them believing and see if we can get this done. And I think we can."

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