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Mike D’Antoni as a college coach? He’d consider it.

Jul 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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It’s a little odd to look down the bench of Team USA and see Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan — the two well-respected NBA coaches — without jobs. And in the case of D’Antoni, he didn’t get a lot calls from NBA teams this summer.

But would he coach college ball?

It seems an unusual choice for a guy who never coached college to head there now, but he certainly would be a draw on the recruiting trail and has a system that would be attractive to players.

And he told the Arizona Republic he’d consider it (via SLAM).

“You think about it,” D’Antoni said. “You look at it and think, ‘Oh, that could be fun.’ One thing I do know from taking my son around (on recruiting trail) is that anytime you step on a college campus, you feel energy. You feel an excitement that’s not there, normally, where the business (of basketball) takes over. And obviously, when you feel the excitement; things go through your head.”

It would have to be a perfect fit. A school that has some standing in college basketball (in a major conference) that is willing to take the risk. And pay a handsome sum to do it.

I’d still like to see D’Antoni land another job in the NBA. This time with a franchise that is willing to spend a little (not like Phoenix) and will give him a roster that fits his system (not like New York). Count me among the people that thinks D’Antoni’s system can win it all in the NBA.

But it could do that in college, as well.

  1. 11jlacy - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    That would work coach mike d would get it done.

  2. Fred - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    How old are Steve Nash’s kids?

    • phaden27 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      8, 8, (twins), and 2, according to Wikipedia.

  3. LPad - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    The idea that D’Antoni is thought to have a “system” or considered an “innovator” is a joke. He runs a high 1/5 pick n roll (you know, the oldest play in basketball) with three 3 PT shooters (two on the wing and one in the corner). To mix it up, he’ll have the 4 and 5 set a pick at the top for the point guard or the point guard will pass it to the 4 or 5 at the top, run to a wing, stop, and run back to the ball for a dribble handoff. Hardly innovative basketball. Guys like Jerry Sloan, Rick Adelman, and Lenny Wilkens were running pick n roll heavy offenses (with a lot more diversity i.e. motion, triangle, high post, low post, and side pick n roll elements) before D’Antoni was an assistant in the NBA. Let alone coaches like Rudy T were taking advantage of stretch 4s to spread the floor in the mid-90s (if not earlier). Funny thing about these coaches is that they didn’t have to sacrifice defense for offense like D’Antoni does.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      At a time when the NBA was dragging itself to the slowest tempos in decades, D’Antoni flipped the switch and went fast — seven seconds or less. Is it new? No. Did it change the dynamic in the NBA and are other teams stealing those ideas now? Yes.

      • LPad - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        Teams like Dallas under Don Nelson where playing at a fast pace before D’Antoni was even coaching at Phoenix. The rule changes also had a lot do with the pace increase. The league went from being able to handcheck in the 90s to using your elbow on the perimeter to no contact on the perimeter, which allowed guards to run amok. Also the lack of physical, skilled low post players has also increased the tempo. Less post ups equal faster pace.

  4. louiespoon - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Count me among that thinks his system, with the right players, will win in the regular season, a few playoff series but never a championship

  5. misterdreamer119 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    His teams are losers. No defense.

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