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Mike D’Antoni lets his frustration with Knicks play slip

Apr 6, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

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Because Mike D’Antoni likes coaching the New York Knicks, he doesn’t say bad things to the media about his boss, owner James Dolan.

It was Dolan who pushed the Carmelo Anthony into the form it finally took in the end, he wanted the deal and was willing to give up players. Team president Donnie Walsh and D’Antoni went along but Dolan was driving the bus on this one. (Walsh had wanted to hold out and offer fewer players.)

Before the Knicks game Tuesday D’Antoni flirted with saying he was frustrated with the final outcome of that deal, via the New York Times.

Before the game, D’Antoni came as close as he has to admitting some misgivings about the Anthony deal — in particular the decision to radically alter the roster so late in the season.

“But the bottom line, either you’re going to be a team player, as we ask our players to do,” D’Antoni said, adding, “And if it’s better for the organization to do it, you do it. And it’s not, ‘Oh my, what’s going to happen to me?’ Well, you know what, this is the best for the team and best for the future of the New York Knicks; then if I’m supposed to be the coach, then I go along with what’s best for the Knicks. And I think it’s clear that it’s best for the Knicks.”

What’s best for the Knicks is to find a way to get some depth on the squad next summer. And next season a seventh seed in the East that strikes no fear into the teams at the top will not be the kind of record that will make Dolan happy with D’Antoni.

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    The picture above pretty much says it all. Thoug, there should be a word balloon coming from Melo that says: “Come on, kiss it. Yeah, D’Antoni, kiss it right here.”

  2. LPad - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    I don’t get this idea D’Antoni’s frustrated. What exactly is he frustrated about?

    On one hand we have these quotes that make it seem he was against the trade to the point of leaving NY. When he really meant that he was against the timing of the trade (i.e. preferred that it happened earlier in the year, which is just about how every coach feels about trades earlier they are done the better it is for both teams).

    And on the other hand, his agent is asking for a contract extension and D’Antoni is quoted as saying the trade made the team better today and for the future (which is true… building around Amare and Melo is better than building around Amare and Gallo).

    D’Antoni can easily go get another coaching job if he doesn’t like the direction of the team, so these misleading stories need to stop. Who willing asks to stay on a sinking ship longer?

  3. corvidae64 - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Less players or more players in the trade, the same outcome would have occurred.

    D’Antoni’s Knicks don’t play defense. When you add another player that does not play defense, regardless of how many other players you traded for him, you get the same result. The only real difference is chemistry.

    Carmelo fit in nicely with Denver because he could focus on his offense while the rest of his team picked up his slack on defense. Who’s picking up his slack now?

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