Why Mike D’Antoni Should Remain Head Coach of the New York Knicks

August 5th, 2011 by Sunil Ram Leave a reply »
After reading this headline, some in the Knick fan community might think I’m as bright as a burnt out light bulb.

Yes, Mike D’Antoni—who’s entering the last season on his current contract with the Knicks—doesn’t get his team to play defense and may not know what the word means, but he does have some positive attributes as a coach.

D’Antoni’s teams have always had success scoring the ball. Many of his players like playing for him—at least those who get playing time. Finally, he’s done a pretty solid job handling the New York City media—unlike Randy Johnson.

He even has some acting ability.

It’s true the 2004-2005 NBA Coach of the Year doesn’t have a good record as the Knicks coach (103-143), but the first two seasons, his teams weren’t really stockpiled with talent—to put it nicely. Last season was his first in New York with an All-Star-caliber player on the roster, Amar’e Stoudemire—who signed in part because of D’Antoni—and they made the postseason.

Some critics argue that D’Antoni didn’t merit ...

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