Though the Lakers’ 93-90 victory over Houston must surely give LA head coach Phil Jackson some satistfaction after being scolded by the league, he did offer a someone wide-ranging mea culpa yesterday afternoon, report the LA Times’ Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky.

“I wanted to thank all the journalists and TV people who thought it was humorous last night in the moment for their support and laughing. But in retrospect, it wasn’t really funny. When you take it out of context, it’s not funny. It’s a poor attempt at humor and I deserve to be reprimanded by the NBA. And I said to them, if I offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize.”

Anybody he forget anybody with that laundry list? “Children,” shrugged Jackson.

Was Phil surprised at the reaction? Not really. “It’s societal right now. We have to understand that as coaches and people that speak in public that some people can do it, some people can’t. Coaches can’t do it. Jay Leno and David Letterman. That’s something that is appropriate for certain categories.”