Frank Isola, of the NY Daily News, is bitter that Coach Mike D’Antoni had a snippy response when asked a legit question. They both seem a bit thin-skinned in the article (I’ve excluded the parts where Isola makes jabs about how much D’Antoni gets paid). The key thing to note though, is like reader Paul pointed out, D’Antoni’s honeymoon period seems to be ending:
Mike D’Antoni finally showed his infamous sensitive side which we’ve heard so much about – via coaches, players and fellow media members – prior to Saturday’s pounding at the hands of Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies.
D’Antoni went on a diatribe about his philosophy concerning when and if to foul up three points in the final seconds.
[...] This is less about D’Antoni’s strategy and more with how he is dealing with the slightest criticism. On Saturday, D’Antoni grew increasingly agitated when he addressed the matter before finally looking at me and saying, “Oh that’s right, you’re undefeated as a coach.”
[...] D’Antoni has been treated with kid’s gloves for almost two years. Only recently have issues like his lack of communication with the players, his lack of attention to defense and the lack of wins come to the forefront.