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LAKobeBryant
11-29-2012, 05:42 PM
Mike D’Antoni: ‘I shouldn’t have gone to New York’ to coach the Knicks


"I shouldn't have gone to New York," he says, looking down at the sideline in Memphis, pacing on that unstable right leg.

"I should have stuck in there and battled. You don't get to coach somebody like him [Nash] too many times. It's pretty sacred and you need to take care of it. I didn't." [...]

"I probably irrationally made a decision right when the season was over. You should take a month to figure it out. I shouldn't have left. That was my fault."

The story I've always heard is that it was a mutual parting. The Suns' ownership group and new general manager Steve Kerr pushed him to hire a defensive assistant. His system was questioned. Everything was.

Sure the Suns could outscore everyone, but could they win a championship? Could D'Antoni? Was the team flawed? Was he? Did they just have horrible luck? Did he need to change? Could he?

When the Knicks job came open in the spring of 2008, the Suns let him go.
"No. It was me," D'Antoni admits now. "I initiated it and I probably shouldn't have."

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/mike-d-antoni-shouldn-t-gone-york-coach-161451061--nba.html

Bet hes happy to reunite with Nash in L.A now. How big of a story would it be if they were to win together too.

Gram
11-29-2012, 05:45 PM
Gram shouldn't have gone to New York.

nycericanguy
11-29-2012, 05:47 PM
If LBJ had gone to NY he wouldn't be saying this.

LBJ was born to play in D'antoni's system.

LongIslandIcedZ
11-29-2012, 05:51 PM
I'm sure the Knicks regret bringing him in as well.

Just a bad move all around.

dtmagnet
11-29-2012, 05:54 PM
I'm sure the Knicks regret bringing him in as well.

Just a bad move all around.

The D'Antoni Knicks pre-Carmelo were a really good team.

amos1er
11-29-2012, 05:58 PM
He shouldn't have been hired in LA. We can all thank Jimmy "Commodus" Buss for that one. Too bad Jimmy is too insecure to be in the presence of Phil. Hopefully his ego and arrogance won't be the Lakers undoing. "We want Phil, we want Phil".

LAKobeBryant
11-29-2012, 05:58 PM
The D'Antoni Knicks pre-Carmelo were a really good team.

They weren't even a playoff team

07-08
23-59

08-09
34-48

09-10
31-51

10-11
43-39 (above .500 when Melo on roster)

nycericanguy
11-29-2012, 06:07 PM
They weren't even a playoff team

07-08
23-59

08-09
34-48

09-10
31-51

10-11
43-39 (above .500 when Melo on roster)

He's referring to 2010 before the Melo trade, NY was 16-9 and then 21-14... then the Melo rumors heated up and the team went downhill before and after the trade when they gutted the roster.

It would have been interesting to see what the Mozgov/Amare/Gallo/Chandler/Felton team could have done though.

They were GOOD, but I wouldn't say REALLY good... probably around a 45 win team.

jmoney85
11-29-2012, 06:09 PM
The D'Antoni Knicks pre-Carmelo were a really good team.

yup

GiantsSwaGG
11-29-2012, 06:12 PM
:laugh2: it was a mistake bringing that clown here. He's nothing without Nash NOTHING!!! Nash made him

KnickaBocka.44
11-29-2012, 06:14 PM
I think the purpose of bringing Mike D to the Knicks was so he could inflate players stats making them more desirable and easier to offload ( Crawford, Randolph, etc.) when they were trying to create capspace. Can't blame him for feeling used, but he served a purpose for the team at the time, at least thats my theory.

Pluvious
11-29-2012, 06:27 PM
:laugh2: it was a mistake bringing that clown here. He's nothing without Nash NOTHING!!! Nash made him

That's actually kind of what he is saying himself.

RLundi
11-29-2012, 06:28 PM
He shouldn't have gone to LA either...

Bishnoff
11-29-2012, 06:29 PM
If LBJ had gone to NY he wouldn't be saying this.

LBJ was born to play in D'antoni's system.

As the primary ball handler? Any other role would underutilise LBJ’s skillset in 7SOL/D'Antoni system.

Bishnoff
11-29-2012, 06:29 PM
I think the purpose of bringing Mike D to the Knicks was so he could inflate players stats making them more desirable and easier to offload ( Crawford, Randolph, etc.) when they were trying to create capspace. Can't blame him for feeling used, but he served a purpose for the team at the time, at least thats my theory.

Interesting theory. Makes sense.

NYY09
11-29-2012, 06:30 PM
No worries Mike, I'm sure most Knick fans feel the same way about you

Oh, and good luck finding a nice rental out in LA... ;)

Pluvious
11-29-2012, 06:32 PM
No worries Mike, I'm sure most Knick fans feel the same way about you

Oh, and good luck finding a nice rental out in LA... ;)

Seems like he really helped the Knicks transition to me.

NYY09
11-29-2012, 07:10 PM
Seems like he really helped the Knicks transition to me.

I'm not sure what you mean by transition? you feel like the team has achieved something? and what impact do you feel he had on the team/organization?