Tuesday , Feb , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Mike D’Antoni Apologizes for Late-Game Screw-up

 In a stunning confession, Mike D’Antoni said he "screwed up" and apologized to the team on Sunday night’s plane ride to the Bay Area for blowing the Portland game.

D’Antoni told reporters after yesterday’s practice he did not realize the club had a foul to give in the closing seconds of Sunday night’s heartbreaking 109-108 loss.

D’Antoni is known to be as stubborn as a mule, so to fess up was proof he had no legs to stand on. While refreshingly candid, D’Antoni sensed player unrest and felt compelled to admit his goof.

D’Antoni failed to address the issue of fouling in the huddle before Portland’s Brandon Roy, taking the in-bounds with 4.3 seconds left, knifed through three defenders for the buzzer-beating lefty scoop shot that rolled in.