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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

D’Antoni to be Knicks New Coach

Mike D’Antoni has agreed to become the new coach of the New York Knicks.

Four years for $24 million.

Wow.

I think Mark Jackson is probably a better choice, if only because D’Antoni, like Brown, seems better suited for a team that’s already good, but D’Antoni will certainly bring an interesting look to the Knicks. D’Antoni is not a great defensive coach, preferring instead to use offense to beat the other team down into submission with a high volume of high percentage shots. The Knicks’ current talent is almost solely on the offensive end of the court, so I would like to see what a coach like D’Antoni could do with guys like Lee, Balkman and Chandler, all of whom fit well into a fast-paced offense.

True, Curry and Randolph do not translate well into the Phoenix system, but maybe Walsh can find a taker for Randolph and Curry could go to the bench. Then again, D’Antoni was able to work Shaq into his lineups, so maybe he could do something with Curry.

It is not the most conventional coaching arrangement, and I don’t really see what D’Antoni wants with this team, besides the money.

Still, for Knicks fans, this at least gives us a new reason to pay attention to the team. A bit of a jolt, and I think a pretty substantial coup for Donnie Walsh, early in his tenure – picking up the hottest coach on the market.

I wonder what this means for Mark Jackson?

KNICKERBLOGGER’S THOUGHTS:
I really like the D’Antoni hiring. I agree that the Bulls would probably be a better fit for him, considering they had a strong team just a year ago. However why should the Knicks let him go to another team (especially one in the same conference) because it’s a better fit of coach & roster?

Hiring D’Antoni goes along with the stabilization of the franchise. We get a GM with a dozen+ years in the league, and a coach that hasn’t won less than 54 games in 4 years. A coach that turned a 29 win team into a Western powerhouse. What are the odds of Mark Jackson ever winning 54 games in a season? How about 60 which D’Antoni has done twice?

As for being a poor match for the roster, I just don’t see it. Any coach would be a poor fit for this Frankenroster. But think about the guys you would keep of the current Knicks. Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Renaldo Balkman, Wilson Chandler, David Lee. Wouldn’t that be a good team to play an uptempo offense with? You might even get Eddy Curry to come off the bench and be productive in a team like that. He can run the floor for a big center, and he can finish & draw fouls.

Since James Dolan has taken sole ownership of the New York Knicks, the team has been in a cycle of mediocrity. At best. They’ve settled for second best and overpaid for it. In players like Jared Jeffries, Jerome James, even Stephon Marbury and Allan Houston. In management and coaching like Isiah Thomas, Scott Layden, and Herb Williams. But now we have a proven coach and a proven GM for the first time since they ran Grunfeld and Van Gundy out of time. (Not including a single good season of Lenny Wilkens, and the disastrous year of Larry Brown).

It may not be the perfect situation, but right now the team is in disarray, and nothing is going to fix it overnight. We have a good core of young players, a competent GM, and maybe one of the league’s better coaches. That’s may be the foundation of a strong team in a couple of years.

102 comments on “D’Antoni to be Knicks New Coach

  1. mase

    D’antoni wants several things from NY, ie. the allure of the Garden(the biggest stage of them all)….perhaps the opportunity to rebuild a winning team in his mold.

    whats with the skepticism, what are we risking by hiring a guy who players love to play for and has a great winning pecentage?

    Donnie made the right call, its a new beginning!

  2. Vishal

    I think the Suns didn’t really have a great defensive personell. Their key player was a very weak defender. As such, they still were 16th in defensive efficiency and I think 9th in EFG against. Not great but closer to top half than most would suspect. I don’t think he was necessarily de-emphasizing defense, but when you play at a much faster pace there is diminishing returns with regards to your energy on both ends of the floor.

    I think its great the Knicks are hiring a coach that has gone against the grain somewhat in the past and really created a uptempo system that regularly had teams off balance for several seasons now. I think there’s still an opportunity to use playing uptempo as a competetive advantage in the Eastern Conference. I wonder what he’ll do about finding a PG to run things, but I think getting one of the smarter, more successful coaches in the NBA in the midst of his prime is a smart move.

  3. DoubtingThomas

    I think Jackson will be the coach of the Bulls next year and I think he will have alot more success than D’Antoni. The hire doesn’t make sense to me and screams of Dolan interference. The Knicks will not be good for awhile so to overpay for a guy like D’Antoni makes no sense. The Knicks needed to mend some fences and win back the fans. Mark Jackson has tremendous character and would have been a step in that direction. This is not a coup for Walsh. This just reaffirms that Walsh does not have total control of basketball operations. Isiah still is employed, the media policy hasn’t changed, and now the philosophy of getting big names that don’t fit is continuing. This is a sad day for fans.

  4. Brian Cronin

    This just reaffirms that Walsh does not have total control of basketball operations.

    It does no such thing. Walsh wanted this guy. Yes, he changed his original plan, but that was only because he could not have predicted that one of the most popular coaches in the entire league would become available this offseason. Once he was, Walsh jumped on the guy.

    He might not be the best fit – I’m totally cool with the idea of knocking the decision to go with D’Antoni, but Walsh was not forced to take him.

  5. ScottD

    Interesting point Vishal.
    Hopefully a few personnel moves, and we roll from there.
    I’m not so sure that this was Dolans’ decision.
    This guy is a winner, and players like to play for him.

    Let’s cross our fingers, eyes and toes!

  6. Vishal

    “I think Mark Jackson is probably a better choice, if only because D’Antoni, like Brown, seems better suited for a team that’s already good”

    I’d like to hear this get fleshed out a bit more. D’Antoni took over a pretty pathetic team that was in the process of being gutted and turned it around and went from 29 wins to 62 wins the next season. That doesn’t sound like a guy that needs to go to a team that was already good, does it?

  7. Jared

    They needed a coach who will emphasize defense, they didnt get it.

    He needs a roster than can “run n gun”, he didnt get it.

    The #1 knock against D’Antoni is that he plays a style that can never win in this league (and the Shaq trade, beef with Kerr, and ultimate firing/release from the Suns is all evidence that PHX realized that). At least on the Knicks there is no worry about winning over first half of this contract. Hopefully they realize that they will need to move in another direction when (if) they reach the point where they are a contender.

    The only reason for an established coach to come here is because he (a) wants the most money or (b) wants the most exposure. Anyone who thinks they can be successful here over the next 2-3 years does not possess a strong grasp on reality. I have a feeling they got the wrong coach who is here for the wrong reasons.

    Unless Walsh has figured out how to move some of the most undesireable contracts in the league, this is going to be a spectacular failure.

  8. daaarn

    Don’t know how this hiring really meshes with the team. Granted, I don’t think any coach currently available would be a good fit with the way the team’s constructed as it is. I’m expecting this to be a “grind it out for a couple years” sort of situation b4 we’re able to get the players we need for D’Antoni’s system. The team needs a pass first PG to start the run, not to mention guys that can knock down the outside shot with consistency (something we’re both lacking). Add to that, our big men either can’t run, or they specialize in a slow-it-down style, and this is going to be a long wait period.

  9. 13

    Dantoni is a winner, period. The garden has been so far from winning for so long, this should be a celebrated move. Dantoni is loved by players around the league, many players have had their most productive seasons playing in his system. So let Mike, Walsh and the eventual new GM hold teh fort down for awhile get some cap space and make MSG the place to play again.

    Getting Dantoni is a great move for the Knicks.

  10. jon abbey

    this doesn’t make sense to me, from either NY’s or D’Antoni’s perspective. anyway, our coach doesn’t matter much if we don’t seriously upgrade personnel, which seems close to impossible to me for at least another year or two.

  11. Dave

    I don’t think this is a great hire.

    It is not a good fit for the players on our roster because our big men can’t run the floor and our point guards can’t lead breaks. I think it will make a bad defensive team worse.

    I also don’t see how this would make the team more attractive for free agents like Lebron when he’s available.

    I think the team is in for a couple more loosing seasons no matter who is coach, so I hope he is able to weather the storm and Dolan isn’t expecting immediate results from him.
    If Walsh is able to move some guys in trades, then D’Antoni might be a better fit. At least it generates some excitement for the fans.

  12. caleb

    The consensus here seems to be:
    “The team is terrible. Therefore D’Antoni is a bad hire.”

    This is not rational thinking.

    Anyone and their mother knows the Knicks are facing a massive rebuilding project. No coach can speed that up, but if you can afford it — and we can — it makes sense to have a top-tier coach, overseeing the project. The only way it wouldn’t is to have a JVG or Rick Carlisle who burns out players in a year or two .

    We can quibble over details, but D’Antoni is obviously one of the better coaches in the NBA. No doubt he likes the money, but it’s a good bet he likes the challenge — people discounted what he did in Phoenix, so he’ll show ‘em he can succeeed in a different situation. Plus, we all know that winning in NYC puts you on top of the world.

    As for this..
    “he plays a style that can never win in this league (and the Shaq trade, beef with Kerr, and ultimate firing/release from the Suns is all evidence that PHX realized that.”

    This is ludicrous. The style can’t win? Phoenix had the best record in the West before the trade, and the 2nd best record in the NBA over the last four years. They didn’t win a championship? Neither did 27 other teams. Does that mean the traditional style can’t win?

    I am looking forward to exciting, creative, competent basketball. The first year will be easy to add 10 wins, just by playing the correct players from the current roster. And I don’t see why D’Antoni wouldn’t be here in a few years, to see the rebuilding project through.

  13. Vishal

    The main criticism a lot of you are having is that he doesn’t fit the players. Why in the world would you want that with the players we have? This is not a winning combination anyway you slice it.

    The best thing the Knicks could’ve done is hire someone with a vision/philosophy and give him some time to build it up. The Knicks now have 2 intelligent basketball men in charge that can piece this together with the right amount of patience.

    You guys also realize this a bad offensive team. This is a bad team period. There was no bandaid to put on the defense that was suddenly gonna turn this into a contender.

    D’Antoni has shown that he can win games and be at the helm of a successful rebuild. That seems like a great fit to me.

  14. Jared

    Caleb-

    Do you honestly think that there wasnt a serious issue with the style that was played by the D’Antoni/Nash Suns? If he has such an amazing regular season win percentage, why is he barely .500 in the playoffs. Thats just bad luck? Is it an accident that didnt make the finals once during this time they were raking up regular season wins?

    The style wins game, it does not win championships. I understand that winning a championship isnt anything that they have to worry about in the foreseeable future, but it is the reasoning why the system doesnt work that has me worried. This team needs to go back to fundamentals and defense (which is what produces results in the playoffs), that is NOT D’Antoni’s strong point.

  15. stingy d

    the knicks have a bunch of guys who want to get out and run that sat on the bench all year. they have a ruthless scorer in crawford and a guy i think will finally play and thrive for a guy like d’antoni named david lee. the knicks can’t play a lick of defense, but they can do a bit of scoring.

    and if i’m not mistaken, quentin richardson made the most 3′s in nba history for a single season, when he played for d’antoni in pheonix.

    so eat it. d’antoni is good. mark jackson NEVER EVEN HAD A COACHING JOB EVER. how could he be better than a seasoned vet. not to mention, i bet there are players on other teams that cold force trades and thye might be able to force their way to new york.

    my glass is half full. and there’s a pitcher on the table.

  16. daaarn

    The next 2 years are going to be lame duck seasons b/c we have no key players that really fit w/ D’Antoni’s style and I’m thinking Walsh will be smart enough to refrain from making any salary-crippling blockbusters until after 2010 when we finally fall under the cap.

  17. stingy d

    ps- nate robinson is going to change you bad attitude opinions.

    more dunks for nate in 08-09 than the rest of his nba career combined. thats my prediction.

  18. stingy d

    pps- d’antoni notorious for the short rotation.

    i envision long pine stints for jared jeffries, malik rose, mardy collins, (and hopefully) zach randolph and (half-long stints for) eddy curry.

  19. Matt

    I love this hiring and I think Walsh took the time to fully see it through. They said that Walsh made a list a month ago of coaches he thought may be fired if their team lost in the first round and at the top of that list was D’Antoni. What this says is that Walsh wanted D’Antoni and had the vision and foresight to not make a rash decision and hire Mark Jackson just because the NY media wanted him as a coach.

    Walsh has given every Knicks fan a timeline of when he thinks that we can compete for a championship and that is 2010. Everyone wants a quick fix but its not that easy. Isaiah thought bringing in Jared Jefferies was the “puzzle piece that would bring our team together”. Look how well that turned out.

    By starting out now with a great coach who has experience and REBUILDING, not just fixing, we are laying the groundwork for our franchise to be successful not just for one year but for many years.

    That being said, I think Crawford will strive in this system as will Wilson Chandler and Renaldo Balkman. Stephon Marbury has said that he is working out harder than he ever has and will be ready for the run and gun offense. Not really sure how Curry or Randolph will fit in but D’Antoni tried to work with Shaq so maybe he has a plan. Looking forward to improvements and watching a new gameplan.

  20. ess-dog

    Alright then, who should be the coach? Avery’s gone nowhere in the playoffs, D’Antoni’s gone nowhere in the playoffs, so therefore, let’s hire Mark Jackson who’s NEVER COACHED A DAY IN HIS LIFE- and has no track record whatsoever… that’s great reasoning… he is 0-0 in winning championships but D’Antoni’s 0-6 in winning championships! Yee-haw! Jackson’s the best!

  21. Conor

    ” If he has such an amazing regular season win percentage, why is he barely .500 in the playoffs. Thats just bad luck? ”

    Because you play a lot better teams in the playoffs?

  22. caleb

    “If he has such an amazing regular season win percentage, why is he barely .500 in the playoffs. Thats just bad luck? Is it an accident that didnt make the finals once during this time they were raking up regular season wins?”

    This is just the wrong perspective — nearly every team in the league would kill to have as many playoff wins as the SUns, or as good a winning percentage in the playoffs. They were never appreciably worse, and not until they swapped Marion for Shaq (and Nash hit age 35) did they have an early flame-out.

    They lost two tough series to eventual NBA champs the Spurs (including last year, when, well.. .you know…)

    …and they other year they lost, without Stoudamire. Not underachieving, in my mind.

    The worst you can say is that they weren’t quite as good as the Spurs the last few years, and you could say that about every other team, too.

    And if you don’t think D’Antoni can adjust to different personnel — take another look at that 2005-2006 team… They replaced Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudamire with Boris Diaw — Boris Diaw! – and barely missed a beat.

    And again, the worries about D are misplaced. Phoenix did not have a bad D the last few years, they gave up a lot of points because they play a very fast pace which means a lot of posessions. On efficiency, they’ve been right in the middle. Considering the PG can’t guard anyone, and there’s no interior defender at all, that seems like a decent result.

  23. Ken "The Animal" Bannister

    All of the above comments regarding D’Antoni and the flaws of the Knicks roster are 100% valid, but hey, guys…

    SEVEN SECONDS OR LESS!

    I’m foolishly excited. Knowing our Knicks, it’ll probably fail horribly. But for one shining moment, let’s put our rose-colored glasses on and think about fast-break basketball. I, myself am as giddy as a kid in a candy store. Now pardon me whilst I channel my inner Dickie V…

    THE BOMB SQUUAD IS BACK, BABY!

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter

  24. Ken "The Animal" Bannister

    Quick, Donnie! call Phoenix and see if they want to trade Steve Nash for Eddy Curry!

  25. Ken "The Animal" Bannister

    I’d highly recommend reading “7 Seconds or Less” – McCallum’s book on the 05′-’06 Suns. For one, it’s just a really fascinating insider-y look at a basketball team. But more importantly, I truly defy anyone to come away after reading it w/o being thoroughly impressed w/Mike D’Antoni.

  26. Dan

    Terrible Hire. This will perpetuate the Knicks losing past 2015. The Knicks don’t have the personnel to run ‘n gun. I can imagine Randolph and Curry loping up the court for the next 82 games. Here comes another head coach that will be gone in less than two years. F this franchise. I might be threw with them.

  27. Frank

    I’m not sure why everyone thinks D’Antoni can only coach one style — he coached the style that was best suited to his personnel. What’s to say he can’t come up with another style to suit our mismatched talent. I think much of why we stunk so bad the last few years was the fact that not only were the players poorly assembled but they also ran around the court like chickens with their heads cut off. Watching them play defense was like watching 2nd graders at recess. Isiah, if possible, was even WORSE at coaching than he was at being GM. It’s entirely possible in my mind that we sniff the 8th seed in the playoffs even with this roster considering how bad the eastern conference is.

    I wanted either Avery Johnson or Thibodeau, but I like this hire. He and Walsh bring instant respectability to the management side of things — I highly doubt there will be any more high-profile PR disasters at the garden like there were the last few years. And the players have to respect D’Antoni — no one other than Popovich has been more successful in the last 5 years.

  28. Ray

    You know when youre playing basketball and theres always one guys that complains all the time. Thats what you guys sounds like that are complaining about this hiring. Lets just play ball!! Its at least going to be fun to watch Nate will flourish, Balk will fly down the wings, D. Lee is going to keep working that jumper, Marbury finally will get a chance to run. Maybe they will take a greater gamble in the drraft and get that kid out of LSU or Lopez( I still think we should get Mayo or Bayless). If you dont fit in his system he is going to give you the bench. Donnie must have a plan because he could have just waited for Thibodou or kept Jackson on the burner. I think some moves will be made so that we stay competitive and near our cap goal. Any of you that want to bail on the team now when nothing has even happened
    werent true fans anyway…good riddance. Let things play out and we’ll see what happens.

  29. Jared

    I really do hope all you guys are right. And, in truth, the Knicks are at least 4-5 years away from the level where the flaws in the Suns system would be exposed.

    I suppose with this roster there is really no way you can go wrong as long as the coach isnt a total moron, as they simply need someone who is of average competence to be an improvement.

    What I really wanted was someone to come in here and hammer these guys to death with defense, or someone who would be a firey personality who the players would be afraid to slack on. I dont think that D’Antoni is one of those guys, and the strength of my criticism stems largely from that disappointment. (although I do maintain that without a wholesale change in his coaching philosophy he will never win a championship).

  30. Rick

    Curry and Randolph aside, this will be an EXCITING hire. We talk and talk about what would help the Knicks the most. Let’s face it — winning basketball is not necessarily enjoyable basketball (although the true fans of the game marvel in the beauty of teams like the Spurs, myself included). This is going to make the rebuilding effort FUN. We need to distance ourselves a little from the vicarious nature of being a fan and realize that we have been missing out on enjoyable basketball for several years now. D’Antoni might not be the answer. Yes, maybe it won’t work, but I don’t think we’ll be pulling our hair out like we did over the countless shitty moves that Isiah has made, both as GM and coach. This is a new day for us as FANS, fellas, and we might as well embrace it.

  31. xduck_shoex

    I don’t understand the perception of D’Antoni being presented here. Yeah, he had the Suns run…what else were they going to do? You’ve got an undersized team, two athletic freaks in the frontcourt and the best passer since John Stockton…do you expect that team to grind it out and wear you down with tough defense?

    D’Antoni seems to be a coach who coaches to his players strengths instead of trying to force players to play the style of game he wants them to play. I have a lot of faith in his ability to coach on the defensive end; if you’ve watched the Suns carefully over the last 4 seasons you should know that they have actually had a pretty innovative defensive system in place that took advantage of their strengths(athleticism) and minimized their weaknesses(lack of size and depth)

  32. Dan

    I really hope the NBA rigs the draft and lets the Knicks get Derrick Rose. That is the point guard that D’Antoni needs. Lets face it, Marbury is garbage and would be better off playing in Italy next year and NOT NY.

  33. Thomas B.

    Dan,

    Yeah that would be part three of David Stern’s “transformative summer fo the New York Knicks.”

    Step one: New President
    Step two: New Coach
    Step three: “Accidently” switch Miami’s lottery numbers with Knicks.
    Step Four: Force trade of Marion or Brand to Knicks for Randolph

  34. Frank

    Thomas B, while you’re dreaming you might as well ask for a trade of Kobe to the Knicks for Randolph.

  35. Ken "The Animal" Bannister

    Here’s another idea:

    Hire Mark Jackson to be GM and let him learn under Walsh.

  36. Mel

    I find some of the comments here laughable .

    D’Antoni isn’t a bad hire , he is the best coach available , maybe Avery would have been a better fit , but a good coach is a good coach .I find it hard to believe he couldn’t outperform an unproven like mark jackson when he has a proven track record of quality coaching.

    Curry can run up and down the court , no one is asking him to outrun all the other 9 players on the court , beating the other center is fine. The guy can do standing backflips he is a real athlete , the team may ask him to be a finisher which due to his lack of court awareness and passing ability is really the role he is supposed to be in anyway. its not like stoudamire just outran every other center down the court , he was given the ball in good spots for him to operate for quick baskets , something curry would be excellent doing, something he has proven to be excellent at throughout his acreer.

    Zach …I dunno , his chucking ways may have to go , I’d probably take a chance on a guy like kenyon martin, he runs , is a defnder , rebounds and appears to have recovered over his leg injury woes.

    I think some guys like wilson chandler , balkman lee robinson and crawford are really going to play well in D’Antoni’s system, He seems to think himself a coach who can win , not just a guy who can only win by outrunning the other team .

    i dont think marbury stays at this point , but i really wouldn’t want him to anyway , the team doesn’t seem to like him much and his game is declining with a very valuable ending deal .

    personally i think the Lebron chase for 2010 is just going to fail , he is on a title contender in his backyard …i dont see him leaving that and i dont see his team becoming bad or even mediocre in the next 24 months so that he’d want to leave….and they can still pay him the most.

    oh and I say they should draft kevin love, all his strengths are knick weaknesses and his outlet passing is the best any draftee has had in at least 10 years , perfect for any team that might want to run more.

  37. CMAC

    Why are people worried about D’Antoni’s playoff record when the Knicks haven’t even smelled the playoffs. Hey I would be more then happy if we won 50 games next year and got swept in the playoffs. At least I could watch the season and see improvement.

  38. Rick

    I still can’t believe that the Knicks are the fifth-slot for the lottery. Meaningless wins, enormous loss.

  39. hoolahoop

    Great hire.
    The Knicks have three to four years to gamble before even a thought about winning it all. If for nothing else we should have a high fun factor.

    D’Antoni’s biggest problem will be Marbury (the anti-Nash), who must stay on the team for salary cap purposes.

  40. oboogie

    jackson is doing the color commentary for the celts vs. cavs and he did not look to happy when the camera threw to breen-van gundy-jackson. haha.

    good hire. finally instill some credibility to the organization. going to be interesting to see if walsh can hire a gm that is willing to work with d’antoni.

  41. Z

    “What I really wanted was someone to come in here and hammer these guys to death with defense.”

    Why? The defensively moronic players will be gone in due time. No one’s coming in here and turning Curry and Randolph into Ewing and Oakley or Olajuwon and Thorpe (or even A. Davis and D. Davis). Not Thibodeau, not Charlisle, not Avery, Jax, Van Gundy, or even Pat Riley.

    D’Antoni’s been well paid for a while in Phoenix, so he doesn’t need to take the biggest payday. I’m shocked he took the Knicks job, but I think he did it because he sees a positive future (and by that, I mean a positive future not in the James Dolan “make the playoffs”/”significant improvement” goal, but in the competitive success he’s accustomed to (and Knick fans used to be accustomed to).

    The new era will be bright (even if for no other reason than the fact that it can’t be darker)…

  42. Knicks4life

    Guys, our proud franchise has hit rock bottom.
    D’antoni’s been a successfull coach in a very difficult conference for a while now. As said on previous posts,he didnt inherit a contender, he and his philosophy built them into contenders rather quickly. I do not believe that it will happen so fast but i do think it will.
    Mark Jackson was a good candidate but still was unproven. Now we have someone who is considered in many basketball circles an offensive genius, ask Coach K or John Calipari what they think of D’antoni. That should count for something.
    It is true that the Eastern confernce is more defense oriented but we’ve seen how putrid some of these teams are offensively.
    And the consiparacy nerds should go to bed. Donnie Walsh at his age isnt coming here to be a puppet for dolan, he could have walked into the bucks job if he wanted to. He has full control. Someone whos been around basketball for so long and worked so hard to build a solid reputation isnt going to allow this idiot(dolan) to drag thru the mud. Put it to rest.

  43. dave crockett

    On competence alone D’Antoni should substantially improve this team. At the low end the Knicks should be comparable to the Raps in short order just by using the current roster better.

    Here are the two things that worry me most:

    1. Will D’Antoni hold anyone accountable defensively? He never held Stoudemire accountable. He still doesn’t rotate on D. It killed them repeatedly. Part of the answer to the question I suspect will come in who fills out D’Antoni’s staff. If he just imports his crew from Phoenix without change I’d suspect the answer is no.

    2. What exactly will the reporting hierarchy be? Obviously that is a huge factor–THE factor–accounting for why he went on the market in the first place. Is Walsh going to stick another layer of management between he and D’Antoni? Or, is Billy King gonna show up at some point?

  44. caleb

    An omen? Marbury had a great year in 2002-2003, when D’Antoni was a Phoenix assistant coach there (presumably, spending a lot of time with the PGs)… but the next season, Marbs was traded 12 games after Mike D. got the head job.

    Quentin Richardson also had a good season under D’Antoni.

    Here’s the full D’Antoni bio:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_d%27Antoni

    Interesting trivia:

    - After a modest 5-year NBA career (e.g. 2nd team all-Rookie in 1973, D’Antoni switched to the Italian League. In 1990 he was voted the greatest point guard in league history.

    - Kobe Bryant (who grew up in Italy) has said that D’Antoni was his favorite player, when he was a kid.

    - He was a scout for San Antonio in 1999-2000.

    - He was an assistant for Portland in 2000-2001 (the bigget choke ever, I think… wasn’t that the year?)

    - He became a Suns assistant in 2002, and took over the head job during the 2003-2004 season.

  45. Mulligan

    I’m into this. Does anybody know anything about the teams D’Antoni coached in Europe – were they similar or different to the Suns? I think finding out more about those teams would give us some more insight into his style. Also, I feel like for once we’re committing to building a culture here – Dolan’s not into firing people and now we have 2 great basketball minds locked up for the foreseeable future. In 2-3 years, we could be looking pretty sharp.

    Also, D’Antoni’s system makes players look good. Some people are saying dudes like Jeffries will sit on the bench all year, but I think it’s equally plausible that he has a career year and we trade him for someone better..

  46. Kikuchiyo

    I’m all for D’Antoni. Why not? He’s a good guy with a winning track record, and his teams have been amazing to watch. The Suns of the last few years came *this close* to completely changing the league, and their influence is everywhere. I love Jeff Van Gundy (and hope he comes back to NY one day), but the days of 79-77 games are over. Good NBA teams know how to score rapidly and often. And, while we wait to get good again, at least we can have some FUN. That is, after all, the point of watching.

    D’Antoni is the Anti-Isiah. Where Isiah was aloof and negative, D’Antoni is involved and positive. He is well known for encouraging players and emphasizing strengths. Do you think any Knicks could use a little positive reinforcement these days? Sheesh.

    The only bad thing here is in Phoenix. It all ended so quickly, and I hope you’re all lighting a candle for the passing of those tremendous Suns teams from the last few years. I have never seen a more exciting, more spectacular offensive display. So many incredible games. I will miss the 7 seconds or less teams. Let’s hope we can get even a JV version of that here.

  47. Mulligan

    The more I think about this, the more I like it. People are talking like D’Antoni is some playoff failure or something, but like they just said on ESPN, were it not for Amare’s suspension last year, they probably would have won the championship. And it’s not like system didn’t work in the playoffs – the Suns played hard every year in the playoffs(save this one) and won a lot.
    I think their legacy is similar to a lot of Eastern Conference teams from the 90′s – a great team that coincided with an even better dynasty.

  48. bud

    D’Antoni is an OK hire. Our couch doesn’t really matter right now: acquisition of talent and cap room does. I find it extremely odd that both Balkman and Chandler are highlighted in the initial post, as both are NBA scrubs. They may be a couple of our better young players, but they still suck. Chandler reminds me of Monty Williams, and I don’t even know who Balkman reminds me of. Not to say that they can’t work themselves into decent rotation players in this league, but to a team in the dire straits ours is in, they are meaningless. Two scrubs.

    I’d have preferred Mark Jackson to D’Antoni – give a new guy a shot, maybe he’s a gem of a coach – but I’m not torn up about this. I’d rather Mike’s contract have been for five seasons than four: I dread a resigning for an additional three to five years right when we start making the playoffs and it’s time to bring in a defensive minded coach.

    Not that I’m necessarily holding the Suns mediocre defense against this man. That franchise has always been soft defensively, and the team started Steve Nash at point guard, so maybe Mike isn’t wholly to blame.

  49. Count Zero

    I’m quite happy about this. I really have a sense that a player favorite and confidence-builder like D’Antoni was the right move at the right time. I think a rookie coach just would have had too many strikes against him going in.

    Now draft a damn PG.

  50. Thomas B.

    I do not like this hire at all. I think D’antoni gets too much credit for the Suns’ turnaround. Right place right time says I. But I dont think David Stern buys that which is why David asked Kerr to let D’antoni talk to other teams as long as the other teams were the Knicks. I must say, Stern’s “Transformative summer” is following his plan to a tee.

    Sterns Knick check list:
    April: New GM
    May: New Coach
    June: Knicks draft Rose
    July: Jerome James retires
    August: Brand demands trade and is sent to Knicks

    ———-
    Frank,

    “Thomas B, while you’re dreaming you might as well ask for a trade of Kobe to the Knicks for Randolph.”

    I would but the salary doesnt work.
    ———-
    KNICKERBLOGGER:

    “A coach that turned a 29 win team into a Western powerhouse.”

    I think that heaps well too much credit on the coach and far too little credit on the 2x MVP running the show for those teams.

    Avery Johnson has had as much if not greater success than D’antoni. Johnson has been COTY, he had just as many 60 win seasons, a conference title (which D’antoni does not), he has something to prove after Dallas, he is younger, he makes defense the focus, he has shown an ability to develop young players particularly point gurds, and he won a title as an NBA player.

    Time will tell and I’d be lying if I said this would stop me from watching next year.

  51. Thomas B.

    Mel said:
    “Curry can run up and down the court , no one is asking him to outrun all the other 9 players on the court , beating the other center is fine. The guy can do standing backflips he is a real athlete.”

    Does anyone believe that Curry can do a standing backflip today without the aid of “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” style wires, or perhaps having a Klondike bar dangled as an incentive?

    Shit, Eddy Curry couldn’t do a standing backflip today even if he was pluged into the Matrix.

  52. Count Zero

    “Shit, Eddy Curry couldn’t do a standing backflip today even if he was pluged into the Matrix.”

    LOL – That Hoop Dreams was a long time ago, all right. Curry would be lucky to get 1/2 way around these days.

  53. Brendan

    Potential minor news: while Orlando and Detroit were playing tonight, Patrick Ewing was in New York attending a Buju Banton concert at the theater at MSG, where his presence was announced form the stage. Anyone care to bet on whether he was in town for coaching contract discussions?

  54. JoeJoe

    This doesn’t make any sense.(Other than $$$$$$$$$$$$) If the dude can’t bring the Suns to a title he’s sure as hell won’t in New York. He’ll be done in 3 years unless the league is fixed and Stern pulls some strings like in Boston and LA. If the Knicks get Rose I’m done with the NBA.

  55. Z

    “This doesn’t make any sense.(Other than $$$$$$$$$$$$) If the dude can’t bring the Suns to a title he’s sure as hell won’t in New York. He’ll be done in 3 years…”

    I think it’s safe to say that nobody is bringing the Knicks to a title anytime soon. The idea is for D’Antoni to move the franchise in the right direction, and put a more entertaining product on the court than what we’ve seen for the last decade.

  56. jon abbey

    I don’t fully buy that this is (solely) about money, the deal he’s walking away from in Phoenix was 2 years, $9 million, which really isn’t that much less per year. I’m looking forward to hearing what D’Antoni has to say once it’s finalized.

  57. Latke

    stephen a. smith mentioned that d’antoni runs 1/2 hour practices and that’s why players like him……. I submit this for your consideration without comment.

  58. Patrick

    “If the dude can’t bring the Suns to a title he’s sure as hell won’t in New York.”

    What an ignorant thing to say. The East is grade school recess compared to the Western Conference.

  59. Patrick

    “Avery Johnson has had as much if not greater success than D’antoni. Johnson has been COTY, he had just as many 60 win seasons, a conference title (which D’antoni does not), he has something to prove after Dallas, he is younger, he makes defense the focus, he has shown an ability to develop young players particularly point gurds, and he won a title as an NBA player.”

    Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, and Isiah Thomas all share a lengthy list of accomplishments too. Did that really matter at all when they stopped here for a while?

  60. Jcon

    The whole “This style can’t win championships” argument is short-sighted. Can we just win some games first? Can we just win, like, 30 games? Can a early offense, small ball, jump shooting team win a championship? Who cares!?? It’s way too early to start thinking about pieces for a championship. Lets get into the playoffs first then we’ll assess how far away we are.

    Listen, I was hoping for JAX too…but y’know what..I’d rather him step into a situation that’s more stable so it’s not all on him. It’s the same reason I don’t want to see Patrick back just yet, this team doesn’t deserve him,

    And by the way the 70′ and 73′ Knicks were a small ball, jump shooting team. That played great defense…..

  61. mastermind

    Pace factor will go up, points will go up, raw stats will go up. Players will appear better and more productive. Players will become more tradeable. Walsh’s job of dumping contracts becomes a little bit more doable.

  62. Thomas B.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AmmJdPgtnkebtyVwJCus1CK8vLYF?slug=aw-dantonijoinsknicks051108&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    AMEN!!

    ——————-

    Patrick,

    Lenny Wilkens and Larry Brown were/are past their primes. You cant seriously think that Thomas’ coaching accomplishments are even near Avery Johnson’s.

    Johnson is not 30 years removed from his playing days, ala Wilkens and Brown. Therefore he can better relate to the younger players and the current style of play. The Knicks need discipline, accountability, and a defensive philosophy. Johnson brings all of the above. A high powered creative offense is one thing but there are times when the shots do not fall. Defense is the one thing that a team can bring on every play. It is completely within the control of the team.

  63. Thomas B.

    “What an ignorant thing to say. The East is grade school recess compared to the Western Conference.”

    Yeah, and even in the grade school recess conference we could not get our name called for the pick up game. In the grade school recess conference we were the slow witted fat kid, who never closes his mouth, and has mittens pinned to his jacket all year round. I don’t see D’antoni taking that team to the next level, whick for the knicks would be something around a 35 win season.

    Let’s face it, Jesus could not have gotten the 07-08 Knicks into the playoffs. Of course Dolan would be okay with that after he learns of the water to wine trick….

  64. Matthew

    Was D’Antoni coaching the Suns when they still had Marbury and almost upset the Spurs in the first round that year? If not, who was the coach then?

    One thing no one has mentioned so far that might be troubling: D’Antoni doesn’t play his bench. I know, a lot of you will say that the Suns didn’t have a strong bench and that’s partially true, especially that Nash-Johnson-Richardson-Marion-Stoudemire team, but even when they’ve gone out and acquired players who were o.k. or at least proven veterans, he still won’t play them. Was Jalen Rose really washed up that year the Suns acquired him? Marcus Banks had a pretty good season the year before the Suns picked him up.

    I think D’Antoni is only comfortable with his starters. It’s true that he had great starters and so had a reason to play them hard, but on a rebuilding team, aren’t you worried about Chandler and Morris’ playing time?

  65. aklvand

    for those of u who say this is a terrible hiring, ur not thinking about it fully. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=2008FreeAgents look at that crop of free agents if we can get even a few of those i.e iverson, baron davis(who might opt out), coery magette, shawn marion, ron artest, gilbert arenas, antwan jamison. if we can get one or two of those guys all of whom would thrive in d’antonis style we cud definetly make the playoffs in the weak east(not likely but possible. Plus with d’antoni we become much more attractive to free agents and we have a nice pick this year.

  66. Ted Nelson

    I’m pretty excited about the hire. I was more of an Avery Johnson fan, but D’Antoni has obviously been a successful coach in Phoenix and if Walsh thinks this was the right move I’m willing to see how it plays out.
    I agree with the sentiment that the Knicks have far more offensive talent than defensive, so maybe with a coherent strategy and some motivation they can turn into a top 10 offense with minimal turnover, and go from there.

    “I’d like to hear this get fleshed out a bit more. D’Antoni took over a pretty pathetic team that was in the process of being gutted and turned it around and went from 29 wins to 62 wins the next season. That doesn’t sound like a guy that needs to go to a team that was already good, does it?”

    D’Antoni took over early in the season where they won 29 games, and the Knicks don’t have Amare or Shawn Marion or even a young Joe Johnson and little chance of adding a Steve Nash caliber player outside of the draft this offseason.

    “Dantoni is a winner, period.”

    Yeah, 35% winning % without Steve Nash, all the guy does is win.
    Again, I like the hiring and he seems like a great offensive coach, but a lot of coaches would look good with Nash, Amare, and Marion. The fact that they won even without Amare that one year gives me a bit more confidence.

    “I think much of why we stunk so bad the last few years was the fact that not only were the players poorly assembled but they also ran around the court like chickens with their heads cut off. Watching them play defense was like watching 2nd graders at recess. Isiah, if possible, was even WORSE at coaching than he was at being GM. It’s entirely possible in my mind that we sniff the 8th seed in the playoffs even with this roster considering how bad the eastern conference is.”

    Strong point Frank. I’m not sure that the Knicks have to be miserable for 2-3 (more) seasons the way everyone seems to believe.
    Lee, Robinson, Balkman, and Chandler all look like they can develop into nice complementary pieces (and could all excel in a fast-paced attack). While I’m not a fan, Crawford can be somewhat useful on the court (and even more useful in a trade). Curry and Randolph can both score with any bigman in the league, so maybe D’Antoni gets something out of them. If the Knicks get a lucky bounce in the lottery they could end up with an amazing fast-break PG in Derrick Rose. I don’t know whether D’Antoni is a one trick pony strategically or he’ll adjust to accommodate the Knicks’ roster, but if he wants to run I agree with those who say the Knicks have the guys to do it.

    “Was Jalen Rose really washed up that year the Suns acquired him? Marcus Banks had a pretty good season the year before the Suns picked him up.”

    Jalen Rose was pretty washed up on the Knicks, so I would assume that yes, he was washed up when he got to Phoenix. Marcus Banks didn’t fair much better in Miami, I mean he was splitting time with Chris Quinn.

    “Was D’Antoni coaching the Suns when they still had Marbury and almost upset the Spurs in the first round that year? If not, who was the coach then?”

    Frank Johnson.

    They won 51 games in 00-01 with Scott Skiles as coach and Jason Kidd at the point, then fell to 36 wins the next season, then won 44 games with Frank Johnson coaching and Marbury at the point in 02-03. Phoenix was hardly a miserable situation when D’Antoni took over. He took over 21 games into 03-04 and the team won 29 games that season. Then they added Nash and QRich to a roster that included Amare, Marion, Leandrinho, and Joe Johnson. D’Antoni deserves credit for his success with that roster, but hardly deserves credit for turning your typical 29 win team into a 62 win team.

  67. DS

    - This is a smart, smart move. The Knicks have secured a top tier coach and are looking ahead to the ’09 or ’10 season with the D’Antoni signing. Curry and/or Z-Bo need to be unloaded and to try to find a coach who “fits” better with them is to turn a blind eye to the fact that these guys are detrimental to the team’s long term success.

    - There are reasons to believe that D’Antoni is the best candidate for making this current mess as interesting/successful as it can possibly be, which are barely worth getting into because it still won’t be much and the overhaul roster is the most vital thing.

    - To say D’Antoni “couldn’t win the Suns a championship” is unfair (to use a kinder word). Riley, Brown, Popovich, and Jackson are pretty much the only coaches who have won championships out there none being Knicks candidates.

  68. Ted Nelson

    Here’s an interesting quote from Mark Stein’s article on the D’Antoni hiring.

    “I’ve heard him joke many times that we’d never know if the Suns’ success was due to his system — or Steve Nash’s expertise running it — because D’Antoni was going to retire seconds after Nash did. I remember someone asking him last May about Houston saying they hoped to run more after parting company with Van Gundy and hiring Rick Adelman. D’Antoni’s reply? “Better go get you a Nash.”"

    As Stein says, we’re going to find out…

  69. Frank

    Another thing about D’Antoni. I think he was a 2-time coach of the year in Europe and won coach of the year in the NBA also. The man can just flat-out coach. And if you look at the style that Phoenix played — it really wasn’t the 7 seconds or less the last couple of years and he still won. Again, I would have preferred a defense minded coach but at least the Knicks will be fun to watch again within a couple of years. Depending on the draft pick I might even re-up for those crappy season tickets I wasted $$$ on last year.

  70. justin o

    i think oj mayo will be a star so even if we dont get a top 2 pick for beasley or hopefully rose i would be more than happy with mayo. Mayo in D’antoni’s offense could score 25 ppg

  71. Mr. Rowdy

    Hiring Mike D’Antoni is a Fantastic move WHY? If this is Donnie Walsh’s motive:
    The Colagelos’ hired D’Antoni in Phoenix right? They maintain a strong relationship with D’Antoni, so ive read. Hmmmm, Jerry Colangelo is running the USA natonal basketball team, right? He has great connections with the several all stars on that team. Some of those all stars are soon to be free agents!! Thus, revamp this dismal Knick team with a bunch of 6th men and get some of those all stars by 2010!!! Next move Jerry Colangelo as the GM!!! Cmon ! its not gonna happen overnight, but thats how impatient we Knick fans have become! This a great move if this happens … you read it here!! keep me/this on file when this happens!!

  72. Tonnie Talsh

    Anyone else think it’s kind of ridiculous that if we lost ONE MORE GAME this past season we would have nearly DOUBLE the lottery balls we have now (137 vs. 76)?

    If we lost three more games we would have nearly triple (76 vs. 199).

    How fucking arbitrary is that?

  73. Matthew

    I like the move for a lot of reasons. First is that as the NY Times noted, this moves the Knicks into the 21st century. We’ve been playing old-style defensive ball since 1990 while the rest of the league has been winning with small, quick perimeter players and Europeans (not named Frederic Weis).

    I would have liked Jackson because he would not have had the pressure, internal and external, to win in the next two years. As long as D’Antoni doesn’t try to screw things up by pushing for lots of trades, and accepts that the team will lose a lot over the next two years, he’ll be fine. Even if we don’t win, we can get the right system and environment in the Garden for when we have space to sign free agents in 2010 and beyond. However, if he gets antsy with the losing and pushes Walsh to make all sorts of trades, this will turn out to have been a disastrous move. We shall see. For now, for the first time in almost a decade, I’m feeling optimistic about the Knicks.

  74. Brian Cronin

    How fucking arbitrary is that?

    It’s annoying, but I don’t think it is an arbitrary decision. How else do you judge which teams are better than by using win-loss record?

  75. bud

    Some have suggested that all the non-playoff teams have an equal opportunity to win each of the first three slots, with seeding after that ordered by worst record to best record.

    I agree with them.

  76. W.C.

    I’d like to put one thing to rest about D’Antoni’s style not being able to win a championship. It’s total BS!

    People seem to have very short memories!

    If you ask me, they would have won the championship last if it wasn’t for the flagrant foul on Nash that caused Amare to come 6-12 inches onto the court. They lost Amare for the next game (which was a game 6 at home). They lost a very tough one and then couldn’t pull out a game 7 in San Antonio. Without that flagrant foul by San Antonio that cost the SUNS WAY more than San Antonio, the Suns would have won it all last year.

    The mistake this year was getting Shaq late in the season and trying to change things up quickly, but that was probably more Kerr than
    D’Antoni. Even if it wasn’t, there were chronic problems with Marion, his contract, etc… on the Suns.

  77. Ken "The Animal" Bannister

    So far both Vescey, Mitch Lawrence, Isola and Stephen A. Smith have come out squarely AGAINST the D’Antoni hire. Anything those quartet of nincompoops decry looks pretty good in my book

  78. Hudson River

    Mr. Rowdy,

    I met a guy whose mother-in-law dated Stephon Marbury in college, and through him she met Shawn Marion in Phoenix who knows Boris Diaw who knows Tony Parker who knows Micheal Finley who’s signed for the veterans minimum just like P.J. Brown who played with Chris Paul, therefore the Knicks should hire me to get Paul on our team.

    You’re suggestion just seems a tiny bit far fetched.

  79. Jcon

    “So far both Vescey, Mitch Lawrence, Isola and Stephen A. Smith have come out squarely AGAINST the D’Antoni hire. Anything those quartet of nincompoops decry looks pretty good in my book”

    Vescey would come out against motherhood and apple pie if given the chance.

  80. njhoop

    Very funny comments about the negative sportswriters. Stephen A’s reputation is shaky at best, and someone should go back and track all of Vecsey’s “rumored” trades over the years and see how many actually happened. I would guess under 10%.

    My feeling is that you’ve replaced a complete idiot at the GM and coach position with 2 very smart basketball guys. Walsh gave D’Antoni the job because they talked and probably have some sort of plan to dig out of this mess. Yes, D’Antoni took the highest offer, but he would not come here if he didn’t think he could change things. He’s got an ego like all the other coaches, and the last thing he wants is to have his legacy destroyed like Larry Brown’s. I feel confident that the moves Walsh makes are all part of a well thought out plan, as opposed to everything Zeke did which involved no plan at all, except to make other GM’s look good.

  81. bfellow

    I think this is a great hire BUT it will take at least 3 years for the Knicks to be somewhat competitive even if they land Derrick Rose in this years draft. The Randolph/Curry roadblocks need to be cleared eventually. Keeping Randolph would be a better idea since he’ll actually get rebounds to trigger some fast breaks while Curry will rebound to buffet lines as his man drives by him.

  82. stingy d

    reading all this two-bit analysis is infuriating.

    its true- and you agree.

    defense is for pussies!

  83. cwod

    FWIW, in his latest blog entry, Hollinger supports D’Antoni’s work as a coach.

    “So let’s cut to the truth. D’Antoni was wildly successful by any imaginable standard, and the Knicks are very lucky to have him. We’ll see if the Suns can keep it up without them — certainly there’s talent there — but one can’t help but question whether they’re overreacting to being in the 96.7 percent.”

  84. Ben R

    People keep talking about D’Antoni like he is only capable of playing one style. He seems able to change as his team changes. Johnson and Richardson get replaced by Diaw and Thomas, Pheonix does great. Amare goes down for a whole season, Pheonix does great. Shaq comes in for Marion and, after a short transition, Pheonix does great again.

    Plus his reputation as a bad defensive coach is patently untrue. Pheonix has consistantly been an average defensive team, even with terrible defenders at the one and five. Most people believe that defense at the one and five are the most important positions so considering that he was still able to get Pheonix to play average defense helps his case rather than hurts it.

    As for the championships he has gotten pretty close and losing to the Spurs three times and to Dallas once is not indicative of bad coaching but perhaps just not having as good of a team as the other guy.

    He also develops young players; hence Amare’s, Barbosa’s, Johnson’s and Diaw’s success under him. Also his short rotations are probably due to his starters being so much better than his bench and Pheonix’s need to win now. PlusI would not mind a short rotation in New York as long as the players playing are the best players.

    D’Antoni is a great great signing for us, and much better than an unproven commodity like Mark Jackson who, due to his inexperience, would have a hard time benching a player like Randolph if he is, god forbid, still a Knick next year.

    Johnson might have been a slightly better signing, maybe, but who knows if he was even interested.

    Today I am a very happy Knick fan. I can’t wait for the off-season.

  85. americanbear

    “People keep talking about D’Antoni like he is only capable of playing one style.” Good point Ben, and Frank way above.

    When Pat Riley came back home in 1991, he was known for Showtime. However in NY he adjusted to the personel and while we didn’t win a championship, he did pretty well using a plodding offense and tough, help defense. The great coaches play the cards they are dealt and somehow find success. I’m very willing to give Donnie the benefit of the doubt and see if D’Antoni will become a great coach. Mark Jackson was a favorite son, coming home- the press liked him, band wagon fans liked him and half of the nerdy-knick superfans liked him too, including me. He was the popular choice, but Walsh must see something in D’Antoni.

    After review, I like the move. Now let’s throw ridiculous money at Thibodeau to get him as the top assitant. Maybe Ewing too, to slap Curry around in practice.

  86. americanbear

    Hm, just read the Chris Ford article on espn- if what he says is true, maybe my desire for Thibby is not an option for this mix…

  87. Knicks4life

    Im sure Walsh mentioned a plan to upgrade the roster this yr to D’antoni. We’re gonna have to wait and see what the roster looks like in October. Marbury,Randolph,Curry, possible addition of Rose or Mayo.
    Staying under the cap is a priority so im sure the deals will be limited, id rather wait and see who exactly D’antoni is working with. As currently constituted is blurry, but maybe with the right additions/subtractions we might have a chance to atleast show some ability and maybe win some more games.

  88. retropkid

    Zeke is gone, that alone is reason to rejoice.

    D’Antoni doesn’t seem like the perfect fit, but he has won. He also has connections in Europe — to talent. I would argue part of the Knicks performance has been based on staying away from international talent — the influx of which has been the most significant impact in the league….D’Antoni should help.

    And — I would suspect LeBron would respect the guy…and if we want LeBron in 2010, you don’t hire a rookie coach like Jackson. You make a statement of bringing in a proven winner.

    So I’m sold. Not sure our D will improve much, and that is an issue, but if the team starts running and playing 8,9,10 guys deep (our bench was our strength, get them on the floor) we should win more ball games.

  89. Ray

    Jesus would get the Knicks into the playoffs and then take us all to heaven. Nothing will make Q Richs’ game better, hes done. He does try but he just seems so stiff these days. Maybe its his back. Ill take M. Jack as GM and he could learn under Walsh. That wouldnt be a bad move it was something that he actively helped him with. We need some NY spirit back on the team. If Pat Ew was in town then maybe it was for something Knick related. Its time to bring him home.

  90. Zach

    Just wait until D’Antoni is able to work with management to actually help build a team. In Phoenix management constantly traded first round picks for cash and almost never went after free agents. They traded two firsts just to get rid of Tom Gugliata and a first to get rid of Kurt Thomas. They also traded a top 7 pick one year to the Bulls because they didn’t want to pay for the rookie contract. Yet people always blamed D’Antoni’s system for not getting over the hump? I’m not saying the talent he had was bad but why do you think they got so old so fast? Also add in the fact that he had a lot of freak bad luck in the playoffs (Stoudemire suspension last season, Stoudemire’s arthroscopic surgery the year before, and Joe Johnson breaking his face against the Spurs the year before that). In Europe D’Antoni proved his system could win championships. With the right management in the NBA he can win here as well.

  91. Mike The Knick Fan

    I gotta say that bringing Mike D’antoni into the organazation is a terrible idea.
    Only 2 or 3 knicks can play D’antoni ball and know we know that we need to draft Derrick Rose because he is the only man in the draft who will be able to play the style of basketball that Mike wants to play.

  92. Mike The Knick Fan

    CAN SOMEBODY ALSO TELL ME WHEN NATE THE GREAT WILL BEGIN STARTING FOR THE KNICKS?????!!!!!!!!

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