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D’Antoni tells Knicks fans to get a life, stop booing Jeffries

Feb 7, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

Mike D'Antoni

Knicks fans have it in for Jarred Jeffries, a guy they see as stealing the midlevel exception for the past few years. He is emblematic of the bad years the Knicks are trying to move past in some fans mind, a guy overpaid for little production.

Jeffries came back on a new deal but the fans haven’t let up — and Mike D’Antoni has his player’s back. Here is what he told the New York Post.

“Indulge me for a second, anybody who boos Jared Jeffries has got to reexamine their life a little bit,” D’Antoni said following the Knicks’ 99-88 win over the Jazz at the Garden. “I love our fans and I like Madison Square Garden, the arena, but here’s a guy who came back to us, minimum contract. He could’ve gone to a lot of other teams. He plays as hard as anybody could possibly ever play, with injuries, everything you ask him. He takes every charge, every dirty play, every rebound. He works every second.”

Jeffries really isn’t playing that well, shooting 34.9 percent, giving the Knicks 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds a game. That said, this year he’s only costing $854,389. If you wanted to be frustrated when he was making $6.9 million last season, I get that, but this year he’s not breaking the bank.

Maybe D’Antoni is on to something. Time to move on, cheer Jeremy Lin and shake your head at Carmelo Anthony’s shot selection. But let it go with Jeffries.

  1. goforthanddie - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    How anybody can complain about Jeffries, when Mr. Vasquez/Amare are getting paid very well to underperform, is beyond me. Then again, if brains were involved, they wouldn’t be Knicks fans, so…

  2. clifford84 - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    If you think Jeffries isn’t playing well, you haven’t watched a Knicks game. Guy plays great D.

  3. leearmon - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I fall somewhere in the middle in regards of the play of Jeffrightened. On the one hand he plays with such heart, and grit. Any and every charge we need he takes. Plus when he, 21 Shump Street, and Tyson are on the floor together the defense reminds me of the good ol’ days of Oakley, Mason and Starks. However, then you remember game 2 of the playoffs where he basically did the one thing to cost us a playoff game vs the Celts. And who has missed as many open layins in the past 2 seasons as JJ? Is he the main reason we’re struggling? No. Is his contract bad? No. But is he playing so well that he’s above being booed? No.

  4. rickkaler - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Luke walton makes like 4 or 5 mil. Wtf. I would take Jeffries any day.

  5. premiumpit - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    No one is booing jeffries…We are booing you D’antoni…

  6. isujames - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    who is he kidding no one wants him!!

  7. cbaber26 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    the thing is that he brings almost no offense. his best basketball skill is taking charges, and thats not something that i want out of somebody playing significant minutes

  8. phaktor333 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    He would have been a much better player coming out of college had he stayed at Indiana for at least another year or two in order to get his weight up on offense. Out of high school, I thought he’d be a big deal in the NBA.

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