Things are not going right for the Lakers at all early on in the season. At 9-13, lost three in a row, and lost to the Cavaliers last night, 100-94. Needless to say, the Lakers are not living up to the hype after acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash (though currently out with an injury).
Add the fact the intense public scrutiny, trade rumors swirling around Pau Gasol, and having a coaching change early in the season letting Mike Brown go and bringing in Mike D'Antoni, it has not been smooth sailing in LA.
So perhaps it was the culmination of all this and getting grilled by a reporter after the lost to the Cavs that set off D'Antoni.
Check out the LA coach snapping at a reporter who was being relentless about the team's focus on defense. It got to the point where the local TV station cut away after D'Antoni lashes out at the reporter.