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Sources: D’Antoni’s assistant coaches sign contract extensions

Jul 6, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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Marc Berman of the New York Post has the story:

A source said Mike D’Antoni’s assistant coaches — Dan D’Antoni, Phil Weber, Herb Williams and Kenny Atkinson — have signed contract extensions for next season, though the club has not and will not announce it. D’Antoni has plans to add another defensive assistant to the staff.

The Knicks re-signing all of D’Antoni’s assistants, particularly his brother, would seem to suggest that D’Antoni will be given at least one more year as the head coach of the Knicks. The Knicks finally returned to the playoffs last season after signing Amar’e Stoudemire in the off-season and trading for Carmelo Anthony at the trade deadline, but the team was horrendous defensively all season, and Stoudemire and Anthony never really seemed to mesh offensively.

When the Knicks were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics, D’Antoni seemed to be outcoached in key moments by Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. D’Antoni probably deserves a full year with both Anthony and Stoudemire to try and make the style that worked for him in Phoenix work in New York, but the Knicks may have to get more out of their players next season than they did last season for D’Antoni to have any long-term job security.

  1. khandor - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Expect the Knicks to continue to improve their regular season won-lost record under Mike D’Antoni whenever the NBA gets back to playing live games. Last year’s Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs by a solid Celtics squad. If their team remains healthy there is no reason they should miss the playoffs for the next few seasons, which should be good enough for D’Antoni to keep his job.

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    money mike should hope he gets more out of his players this season than ever. ive been calling for this guys head for 3 seasons. he still doesnt have a starting 5 in place. i understand the rebuilding process and all. but a head coach has to be to be more than a puppetmaster. he has to have the nuts to get the kind of players he needs to run his system.d antoni. seems to work with what ever the front office throws his way.which wouldnt be so bad if he even look remotely prepared.however im a knick fan so i wish him well, im just sorry that there are so many negatives to his coaching style.

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