View Full Version : ESPN: Can D'Antoni take Knicks to next level?

03-15-2011, 08:42 PM
Here's yet another article questioning Mike D'Antoni's commitment to defense (http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/columns/story?columnist=smith_stephen&id=6220379). My argument since the Amare Stoudemire trade has been that the Knicks' coach is who's holding them back the most. D'Antoni has never coached a team that yielded less than 100 points per game to the opponent. I think he has no defensive commitment, and that's why no team coached by D'Antoni will ever win a championship.

"Let's just cut the B.S. I like Coach D'Antoni; he's a terrific coach. But he's just not stressing defense. He's just being too damn stubborn, like he's trying to win his way. Just look at his teams in Phoenix. They were good enough offensively to win, but they never got better defensively."
- Charles Barkley

He's right. The Knicks need to cut the ******** out of their basketball program. Even Jeff Van Gundy would be an improvement at this point.