In my latest Off the Dribble piece, I play armchair psychologist in asking whether D’Antoni’s history — both in Italy and in the NBA — contributed to his stubbornness, and thus his departure:
For D’Antoni, success as a player did not come until he was exiled from the sport’s biggest, brightest stage. You have to wonder, even given all the accolades and triumphs and trophies he won in Italy, if a part of him always harbored a nagging, resentment toward the N.B.A., one that has driven him as a coach to prove his system, led by a Mike D’Antoni-like point guard, can win there.
It should also be noted I got a C in psychology. Anyway, click here if you wanna read the rest.