Carmelo Anthony was bent on wrecking Mike D’Antoni’s Garden return, even if he had to wreck his own ankle to do it.
Anthony brutalized the pathetic Lakers’ defense for 30 points in just 22 minutes, 55 seconds of action. His brilliant night was cut short when he sustained…
Listen: There are 19,033 people inside Madison Square Garden, and they rock the joint with the same fervor of the folks who were here a night earlier, roaring at The Who, shrieking at the Chris Martin/Michael Stipe duet, screeching at the quasi Nirvana reunion featuring Sir Paul.
There were boos. Lots and lots of boos at the outset. And toward the end, there were chants of “Fire D’Antoni.â?
Welcome back, Mike.
“After the initial seeing everybody, and there’s a lot of guys on that team, when you coach somebody, you become close,â? Mike D’Antoni…
Kobe Bryant was talking with his good friend Carmelo Anthony in the wake of the Linsanity fever that swept New York last season. Bryant had one question for Anthony.
“What the hell are you doing?â? Bryant said.
What Bryant said he saw was a guy who was simply not being…
Kobe Bryant placed “stabilityâ? atop his Lakers wish list. Coach Mike D’Antoni wants his point guard, Steve Nash, back in good health. But center Dwight Howard trumped them both, asking for his teammates to watch his surgically repaired back on defense.After the Lakers put on an awful defensive…
Mike Woodson said he scared the devil out of the Knicks on the day he took over for Mike D’Antoni.That was his explanation for why the club has changed its losing ways under him.Woodson, D’Antoni’s defensive assistant, was promoted March 14 as interim coach when…
On Thursday night, Mike D’Antoni returned to the Garden for the first time since resigning as coach of the Knicks in March.
So how did he feel after the game, when he was greeting some of his former players and coaches?
“There are a lot of guys on that team that you become close with when you coach somebody,” he said. “That was emotional, but then after that, it’s a ball game and we lost.”
D’Antoni was also asked in which city he felt more pressure: New York or Los Angeles.
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, and Mike Woodson didn’t want to blow his opportunity.
So he walked into the Knicks locker room on March 12, a few hours after Mike D’Antoni stepped down, and delivered a simple message in his first words as head coach.
“He said he was going to hold guys accountable,” Tyson Chandler said. “He called myself up, Amare, Carmelo. He said if you guys want to be the leaders of this team, then you’ve got to lead.
Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s best first-quarter scorer at around 10 points per game, wasn’t on his own island to start the game on Thursday night with his 22 points.
He was joined by Raymond Felton, who finished the first period with 10 points. In between Anthony’s 3-pointers in transition and jump shots in isolations and off down screens, the Knicks’ starting point guard punished the Lakers through his usually potent two-man game with Tyson Chandler.
Mike D'Antoni was back at the Garden and Carmelo Anthony was having his way with his former coach's defense, much to the crowd's delight. But then a loud thud led to serious concern.
Mike D'Antoni hunched over in his folding chair on the visitors' bench at Madison Square Garden, his chin resting in his hand so that it obscured both his mouth and mustache.
The pregame boos had barely finished, and Mike D’Antoni suddenly had much bigger problems.
Deliberate off-the-ball fouling of players who are poor free-throw shooters remains a successful strategy in the N.B.A.
Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 30 points in 22 minutes before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury in Mike D’Antoni’s return to Madison Square Garden.
Rookie guard Damian Lillard had a career-high 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight loss with a 98-90 victory Thursday night.
With the Lakers’ fourth loss in a row and the ninth in 13 games since Mike D’Antoni became coach, Kobe Bryant’s exasperation has begun to show.
Mike D’Antoni enjoyed a brief reunion with his wife and his son before his Lakers faced the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, where the reception was more hostile.
Adding more hope to their dream of a long-awaited return to the NBA winner’s circle, the New York Knicks enjoyed a role reversal night against the once-mighty Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
Sensing a fellow shooter had become gun shy, Kobe Bryant had a message for Carmelo Anthony last summer.
Devin Harris scored 20 points, Josh Smith added 18 and the surging Atlanta Hawks beat Charlotte 113-90 on Thursday night to hand the Bobcats their 10th straight defeat.
After Mike Woodson became the coach of Knicks last spring, he had a candid conversation with Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler about what he expected of them.
Kobe Bryant doesn’t appreciate how critics were calling Carmelo Anthony the Knicks’ problem during Linsanity last season, and now they are treating him like a savior. “I think last year was very tough for him because he was criticized a lot for shooting and for playing the way he likes to play,â? Bryant said after scoring a game-high 31 points.
Mike D’Antoni heard thunderous boos when reintroduced to the Garden crowd Thursday, and the night quickly deteriorated from there for him and his bumbling Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony was poised to break something on Thursday; maybe a Madison Square Garden scoring record or perhaps Mike D’Antoni’s spirit. As it turns out, Melo nearly broke himself. Anthony sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of the Knicks convincing 116-107 victory over the Lakers.
Mike Woodson revealed Thursday how he managed to motivate the Knicks following Mike D’Antoni’s resignation last March. He “scared them into playing.â?
For Mike D’Antoni, Carmelo Anthony’s injury came too late. But that was par for the course, since it all turned out badly for the old Knick coach in his first trip back to the Garden.