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‘Melo, Knicks players have Mike D’Antoni’s back. Verbally.

Jan 31, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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If Carmelo Anthony really wanted to help Mike D’Antoni out, he would get back on the court and when he does try moving the ball quickly not stopping and going into isolation so often.

But that’s not happening — Anthony is not expected to play Tuesday night (he did not take part in shootaround that morning), and whenever he does get back to the court you can expect the ball to stop every time it touches his hands.

But he is saying all the right things. So there’s that. Here is what Anthony said about his coach, via the New York Daily News.

“Any time teams are losing, that’s the first thing that comes to mind is the coach, but we don’t talk about that,” Anthony said Monday in Greenburgh. “We support Mike 100%. He’s here with us, we’re here with him. We’re going to roll with that.”

This followed Amare Stoudemire doing pretty much the same thing speaking to the New York Post a day earlier.

But the fact of life in the NBA is that even though the GM (and more so owner James Dolan) put together a mismatched roster that doesn’t fit the system, you can’t fire the owners or the players. So D’Antoni will take the fall. He’s not blameless (he hasn’t tried to modify his system to fit the players given him), but the Knicks problems right now are more about the people that bought the ingredients than the cook.

  1. ihatetoneydouglas - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Do you think D’antoni will be able to adjust to unemployment?

  2. icu84bs - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    ‘you can’t fire the owners or the players’

    The problems of this team are mostly caused by bad ownership / management. Maybe corporate structure does need to be changed so you could get rid of bad owners. Like so many other problems here that can not be resolved until we dismantle the power base that causes said problem.

    W need a wealth / power cap for companies / organizations much like a salary cap is used in sports to keep the playing field equal.

  3. rushbacker - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    The Perfect Trainwreck.

  4. mojowheelz - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Looks like New York didn’t need a superstar as much as they needed a good coach for the players they HAD before the deal, and also responsible management to guide the franchise. From what I can see they players they traded are playing very well with a much better coach. Sometimes the best fix is the easiest. D’Antoni’s reputation as a coach was built on a roster that with any other good coach would have won a couple of championships.

  5. ferhatiggy - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Phoenix Suns had a very stong team when D1Antoni worked there, but Mike could not actieve any things.All of fault belongs to D!antoni,ı think.İt is so abvious for everry big team to not to be a contender without good defence.Unfortunately,Mike is not good at defending opponents.

  6. dysraw1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    the management is all screwed up i am talking about no plan to replace an mvp pg after cb4 was released all these years ive been watching the knicks i never heard 1 announcer say that was a brilliant move by dick dantone. all respect to Dan D’antoni

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