"He just said it was the point of no return. If he holds on much longer, we might never get out of this. We might be in a position where we didn’t make the playoffs, and he didn’t want that for us. He said as a team, we were talented enough to make the playoffs and make a run and that he really wasn’t getting through to us the way he wanted to."
—Jared Jefferies about Coach D’Antoni in The New York Times
And as you conjure the image of Mike D’Antoni clinging to life, but letting go of your hand anyway so that you can ”save yourself!” you start to think of him endearingly.