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Mike D’Antoni to Knicks fans: “take some Prozac”

Mar 18, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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From the second they gave up a lot of depth to bring in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks past Spider-man the Musical as the thing with the most unrealistic expectations in New York.

If they were a playoff team with one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire, adding a second instantly made them a threat to Boston, Miami and Chicago to some. Forget the quality depth sent out of town, forget questions of fit, forget time to meld. Fans wanted results immediately.

They are 7-6 since the trade and coach Mike D’Antoni wants to calm the jitters of fans and bring the expectations more in line with reality, as he told Howard Beck at the New York Times.

“It’s great — they care,” he said, before adding a bit of wry advice. “You know, take some Prozac or something. Hang in there. We’re hanging in there. We’re pedaling as fast as we can pedal.”

He acknowledged “some deficiencies, some holes,” particularly on defense — a weakness that has been demonstrably worse since the trade.

“The biggest thing is not to panic,” D’Antoni said, adding, “We’re not as good as we will be.”

Knicks fans, they may not be as good as they are going to be for a couple of years. Just a warning. And D’Antoni’s right, prescription medications are the solutions to all life’s little problems.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 18, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    dude dont get me wrong i like jared jeffries, but there is no way in the wild wild west that this can anchor this team in the middle. jared is good for short stents like rony

  2. frankvzappa - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    why does he want knicks fans to kill themselves? thats what prozac does, is make people suicidal, but dont bother to research any evidence for yourselves, im lying and everything the government says is true

    • nixonotis - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Haha, wow. Relax.

    • thestudiokida - Mar 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      I’m with you, frankvzappa. Prozac and several other so-called anti-depressants put people in a bad place, but they trust their doctor to prescribe them. So what’s D’Antoni’s angle in this? Is he working for the megaconglomerated drug companies or is he a nihilist?

    • beagle11 - Mar 19, 2011 at 1:44 AM

      Didn’t realize this was a forum on the effectiveness and side-effects of prescription drugs. Try webmd

  3. dysraw1 - Mar 18, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    dick dantone must go

  4. tubal22 - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    New York is probably feeling like they scored the hottest chick in school for the prom, and found our after the dance she was a dude.

    • tstreet - Mar 19, 2011 at 4:37 AM

      Now, thats funny!!! We will see.

  5. beagle11 - Mar 19, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    This team can’t win as currently constituted. I’m a die hard but the team is full of holes, and people who’s expectations are for that of anything more than an exciting first round matchup with one of the big boys is setting themselves up for disappointment. That being said, these effortless performances to lottery teams are unacceptable, they are far better than that.

  6. dolphinphan - Mar 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    the knicks are relevant again!

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