In case the audio wasn’t clear enough, Simers wanted to know if the Lakers had bothered to go over defensive sets during the team’s shootaround that morning, possibly unaware (or, just choosing to act unaware) that not a single shot has to go up during the course of an NBA team’s shootaround. Because of the presumptive nature of Simers’ questioning, and because T.J. wasn’t at the shootaround, D’Antoni relayed that the columnist was “starting to piss [him] off.”
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And, as a result, Laker coach Mike D’Antoni was understandably prickly during his postgame interview. And that prickliness was more than exacerbated by the presence of Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers, who peppered the new Lakers coach with questions about his team’s same-day defensive work on Tuesday. Watch the video of their post-game discussion.