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Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni admits his seat is hot

Aug 30, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

Mike D'Antoni

Mike Woodson hadn’t even been hired as the Knicks lead assistant coach — which became official Monday — the speculation had started. Coach Mike D’Antoni’s job is in serious danger.

When Donnie Walsh was pushed out the door, the ground under D’Antoni’s feet started to shift. Woodson, the former Hawks head coach, gives the Knicks a viable alternative if D’Antoni is shipped out. Plus, Woodson and Knicks acting president Glen Grunwald were teammates at Indiana. And Woodson has ties to Isiah Thomas, whose shadow still lingers over the organization (and still seems to have owner James Dolan’s ear).

You know the New York media is all over that. D’Antoni gets it, too, as reported at the New York Post.

“I think all coaches are on a one-year deal,” D’Antoni said on a conference call. “It’s whether you get a paid vacation, but we all have to do something to earn another year, especially with the Knicks.

“It’s not like they have to keep [you] around because they’re financially strapped. We have to produce. Whether it’s one or 10, it doesn’t matter. It’s going to come down to next year.”

Either way, this is a good move for Woodson. If he can get the Knicks to play better defense — no easy feat considering the players on that roster — he’s have his choice of head coaching jobs next year. If D’Antoni does get kicked to the curb, Woodson is standing right there.

All that said, I’d have a better chance guessing what Ron Artest is thinking than guessing what the Knicks will do next.

  1. dysraw1 - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    If i was the head coach of the knicks, and Dolan comes to an says i dont care what you do, dont play Marbury. Right there we have a problem.Now i dont know any of this to be fact i am assuming. but thats pretty gutless if so.

  2. bullsfan93 - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    when in the first round his knicks defense makes paul pierce look like he is still in his prime…you shud be on the host seat

    • bullsfan93 - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM


    • dysraw1 - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      If it was my money Mark Jackson or even Patrick Ewing wouldve got a shot before this dude

  3. dysraw1 - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    I could go on an on about this guys ineptitudes, not only was he thoroughly out coached in the playoffs. but i think we lost 12-15 regular season games because he was unprepared.non big using ass.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 31, 2011 at 3:32 AM

      Not sure that D’Antoni’s coaching was the reason the Knicks lost in the playoffs.

      • LPad - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        Kurt, given the injuries to Billups and Amare you’re probably right. However, D’Antoni’s insistence on playing small ball leads to the Knicks having horrific defensive matchups that are made worse by his bad defensive game plans. For example, he has his guards force opposing players baseline, which is only a good strategy when you have shot blockers or at least someone who’s 7 feet tall to protect the rim. A simple tweak of the defensive approach to force opposing players to the middle of the lane instead of baseline where it easier for a small team to protect the rim by drawing charges would easily make the Knicks a better team.

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