Skip to content

Mike D’Antoni isn’t going anywhere. Right now, anyway.

Nov 16, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

Mike D'Antoni

By and large, Knicks fans bought in to what team president Donnie Walsh was selling about Mike D’Antoni — you couldn’t judge him on the first two seasons. The roster had to be gutted to clear out cap space. He didn’t have the players to win regardless of system.

This is the first season you can judge him — and the Knicks are 3-7. The team’s best player is bemoaning a lack of urgency from the squad.

Not so fast, Walsh told the New York Times.

“This team is a young team that has to be brought along a certain way. He’s trying to do that. In the first 10 games, I expected that we would be up and down, and we have. So I don’t think it’s time for me to make judgments on Mike.”

D’Antoni is going to get this entire season. At least. Raymond Felton has been about what you can expect Raymond Felton to be at the point, and Amar’e Stoudemire has embraced the role of star and team leader. But until Danilo Gallinari is consistently knocking down shots — until frankly the entire team starts to shoot well enough to space the floor — it’s not going to work well.

It’s still a process. And frankly the moves Walsh makes will matter more than the ones D’Antoni does.

  1. gnyj85 - Nov 16, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Would it be too hard just to practice a little defense once in a while. Understandably the defense isn’t as bad as most think, but it can still be improved because they have speed. And rebounding…show some footage of Dennis Rodman. He wasn’t even that big but pulled in rebounds all night because he knew how to do it. The Knicks just need to improve all aspects of the game just a little bit.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2300)
  2. K. Irving (1817)
  3. L. James (1701)
  4. K. Bryant (1587)
  5. A. Davis (1450)