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D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 6:48 am
Posted by Royce Young

After the question of Donnie Walsh's future was settled with his decision to move to an advisory role with the team this week, now it's about what happens with coach Mike D'Antoni.

Maybe D'Antoni's biggest fan -- besides his wife, I assume -- was Walsh. But according to the New York Post, owner James Dolan is also in the corner of D'Antoni.
It is unclear if a contract extension would be discussed, but one source said Dolan likes D’Antoni a lot. D’Antoni has one year and $6 million left on his contract, and Dolan is not keen on eating it during a lockout-shortened season with revenues down.
Following the sweep at the hands of the Celtics in the opening round, D'Antoni's seat went form warm to hot. The team was playing without Chauncey Billups in three of the four games, but being swept isn't something Knicks' fans had in mind when the team made the postseason.

D'Antoni spoke with the Post recently and expressed that he's not too worried about his future with the Knicks.

“No, I feel good,” D’Antoni said. “I hate it Donnie is leaving. I owe a lot to him. We had three good years. He did exactly what he wanted and said he would do and he’s got us in position to be one of the better teams in the NBA next year. That’s to his credit.

“We worked well together,” he added. “I appreciate his support and I feel good about us having a great year next season. It’s all a coach can ask for, to have him give me that chance. He’s put me in that position.”

The biggest criticism of D'Antoni this year came because of incredible defensive meltdowns, specifically in the second halves of games. The Knicks have two premier scorers in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but both of those players lack on the defensive end.

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding D'Antoni's assistants who all have their contracts expire June 30. According to the New York Times, D'Antoni is expected to add a defensive specialist to his staff at the request of the front office. As the report notes, that's nothing new -- in Phoenix, Marc Iavaroni served as D’Antoni’s defensive coach for three and a half seasons.

There isn't much doubt that D'Antoni will return next season to finish out his contract but if things start slowly, his seat could turn to fire. And of course if marked improvement isn't shown -- especially on both ends -- it's not going to matter how much Dolan likes him. It's time for the Knicks to start winning again.


Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:56 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

FIRE THIS GUY!!!! I guess he doesn't believe in the motto "defense wins championships", and he brings softness to a team. Getting a Defensive specialist coach won't make any difference, this guy will never win a title as a coach, when your philosophy is to 3-point a team to death, and pay soft.

Yes, the guy can win games, and make the stat sheets look pretty, and the best thing this guy brings to the table, is to pad players stats to increase their trade value. I believe thats why Donnie hired him, and if he stayed he would have got rid of him, once the Knicks got another star to play with Melo and Stat.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:58 am

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

"'Antoni is expected to add a defensive specialist"

unless that defensive specialist is dwight howard, i don't think it'll make a lick of difference who they hire with this group of players.  teams get better defensively through better defensive players, not assisstants that yell at the players who only think offense first. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:08 am

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

Die-hard Knicks fan here....I can't wait until he's gone. We need a coach who preaches DEFENSE.  With Amar'e and Carmelo, the points will come regardless.  We have to STOP teams from outscoring us.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:07 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

He knows he will always have a job at Subway!

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:57 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

From a Knicks fan's perspective: big deal.  The franchise is doomed to perpetual failure of the worst sort: a tantalizing mediocrity that will always fall back into meaninglessness.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:56 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

What is he going to say?  "I work for the village idiot, who has a inane infatuation with a suicidal jackass who ruins everything he touches.  Of course, I'm worried about my job."  Honesty is a trait sorely missing from professional sports. 

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:56 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

D'Antoni is a great coach for small market teams who want to attract fans.  They may not win a title with his style but he will be competitive and entertaining brand of basketball.  The Knicks will always have fans , they need a coach who commands respect and will win titles.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:29 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

the future of the nba is pretty unpredicatable and precarious. Knicks are in better shape now than they were before D'antoni arrived, however Walsh deserves credit too. Getting better on defense is the only way to be an elite team. The Knicks should know this better than anyone considering the Riley era and the defensive tone they set.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:46 pm

D'Antoni not too worried about losing his job

I would not feel too comfortable with the Knicks. The future appears to be unpredictable. Who would imagine Walsh gone?

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