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Mike D’Antoni wants to return to coaching next season

Mar 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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Mike D’Antoni is leaving New York but he does not want to leave NBA coaching.

Which isn’t really a surprise but is confirmed in a story by Marc Berman in the New York Post.

But D’Antoni is not bitter he lost a power struggle with Anthony and hopes to coach next season, according to the person debriefed by D’Antoni.

“Mr. Dolan picked a different prom date,’’ the person said. “There will be other dances.’’

What the story really shows is how fit matters with coach and players but often gets overlooked by fans and even front offices. It’s not like Mike D’Antoni forgot how to coach on the plane ride from Phoenix to JFK, but the fit with players was never right in New York. His system worked with a veteran point guard who could make good decisions on the fly, it failed with the roster and personalities he was given in Madison Square Garden. D’Antoni would not change his system or who he was to fit the personnel given. He’s stubborn that way.

The Knicks have responded better to Mike Woodson’s louder, more disciplinarian style. They are 3-0.

(By the way, Knicks fans calling for Phil Jackson next year, know he is much more D’Antoni than Woodson is style. Just sayin’.)

Some team should hire D’Antoni next season. But that comes with a caveat — you have to get players that fit the system. If you hire D’Antoni, you have to get him a point guard who can run the offense, bigs who are strong in the pick-and-roll (or pick-and-pop) and good shooters to space the floor. Don’t and he is not going to be a great fit, get him those things and you’ll win. But the GM and coach (and owner) need to be on board with building to a style, not just assembling pieces as was done by the Knicks.

  1. devinmr711 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Lets play hangman. Mike D’Antoni will end up coaching the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

  2. xliontamer - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    “you have to get him a point guard who can run the offense, bigs who are strong in the pick-and-roll (or pick-and-pop) and good shooters to space the floor.”

    Sounds like the Clippers to me…

  3. nghtrder169 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Washington Wizards

  4. gobigblue825 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    WASHINGTON WIZARDS

  5. fishfiletkray - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Orlando

  6. losangelasbasketball - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Brooklyn or Clippers… he’s a NY guy so Brooklyn maybe…

  7. prosourcetalk - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Milwaukee

  8. frakfrakfrak - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Imagine a little luck strikes the wizards and they somehow get the first pick and sign D’Antoni, John Wall as the Steve Nash and Anthony Davis as Amare in D’Antoni’s system. Sickening.

  9. torothebronxbull - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    If he’s gonna run that crappy “7 seconds or less” offense, then maybe he should consider the UNLV RUNNIN’ REBELS or some other college outfit….that crappy offense didn’t win him a championship in Phoenix, It didn’t win him a championship in N.Y. and it won’t win him a championship in any other NBA city…he’s a college coach, with a crappy college style offense…it’s like trying to run the option in the NFL….NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

  10. 16x8equal49ers - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Wizards could make a play for him. John Wall is playing well & improving add with a big like Nene on the pick & roll with Wall’s speed could bode well

  11. bknowledge - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Toronto. Bargnani seems perfect as a stretch big man. Calderon at the point.

  12. deskexplorer2 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    If Eric Spolestra (not sure of spelling) fails again to coach the Miami Heat to a NBA Championship title he will be fired /dismissed and replaced by Mike D’Antoni. Pat Riley and Mike D’Antoni will convince Steve Nash to sign with the Miami Heat to play with D. Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
    If Spolestra coaches the Miami Heat to a NBA Championship he will keep his job and Pat Riley will still pursue Nash without hiring D’ Antoni.

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