Sunday, May 11th, 2008 at 2:34 pm  |  36 responses

Mike D’Antoni. Knicks. Whoa!

The big stuff always happens on the weekend. Yes, Mike D’Antoni will help Donnie Walsh to clean up Isiah’s mess. We’ll have more in this tomorrow and during the week. Feel free to discuss.

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  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    People who have been on the Suns first and then on the Knicks, well, safe to say it doesn’t always work out you want to, does it?
    Penny, Marbury, Q……

  • thesubwayconnection

    Interesting. Let’s see what happens with personnel.

  • RV

    Eddy curry can barely jump, will D’Antoni expect him to run??

  • d

    it wasent that long ago that the city of new york were praying for larry brown to come coach the knicks,and look what happend.a dismal season.then came isiah thomas,and u know what happend then!now its mike d antoni.i am a suns fan and its sad to see him leave.but what makes me even mad is that he is goin to a place were if he loses games,ppl will bad mouth him along with the media.and try and get him outta nyc.he is a good coach and i belive he could turn it around,but u knicks fan have to be patient!happy success mike d antoni,hope u do well.

  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    i don’t know why the Knicks hired D’Antoni.. nothing fits. i know that the main reason D’Antoni took the job is the money.. not happy with this looking at it either way…

  • Kyle Ian

    D’antoni is brining his run down the court and shoot as fast as you can, and then get back and flail your arms in fulity style of basketball to New York. No Steve Nash? No Amare. Oh this is greaaaat. Thanks Walsh/Isiah/Dolan!

  • neaorin

    Nice career move by Mike. A boatload of cash and no more losing in the playoffs for now.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dime-080501 what

    To complete the cycle of ridiculous hires that don’t fit at all, the Suns should convince Larry Brown to leave the Bobcats and join them.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dime-080501 what

    Or better yet just hire Isiah.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Me thinks his 58-win NBA average might dip a bit. Me also think I am really, really, really, really, REALLY pissed that the Bulls completely blew it yet again. Maybe they’ll hire Isiah. He’s from Chicago, right?

  • BxBaller

    As a Knicks fan, I’m feeling really sick today becaused we passed on Avery Johnson. Defense=wins. But I’m still being optimistic that we’ll be a lot better next season. Maybe Walsh has something up his sleeve.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Mike D’Antoni: Cash rules everything around me cream get the money $$ bills y’all.

  • Diogo

    I wonder why no one calls him “Mike Antoni”, as with A-Kidd.

  • http://www.justnotinteresting.com LIJ

    I dunno, I think I could get used to seeing Jamal Crawford going coast-to-coast with David Lee trailing on every offensive set.
    Word to the Suns: Avery Johnson’s looking for a job!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @ Double R: great WuTang Line man, fitting. Please lord, make Avery land in the valley of the sun. So he can turn it around there, and join forces with Nashty (another Cubes snubbee) to destroy he who shall not be…ah whatever, Cuban of course. (Dirk, get out now, sulk like Mambiatch all offseason / training camp, just leave)

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    If there was a SLAMonline comment of the week, Diogo would win it.

  • Bubba Chuck

    Fire George Karl!

  • David

    Good one Diogo. I can imagine Robinson, Crawford, Richardson, and Lee fitting into the scheme. But how do you move Curry or Randolph? Who would take them (until their contracts are about to expire)? The thought of D’Antoni with Atlanta was much more appealing to me.


    So Walsh is just throwing around money like Isiah.. what’s changed?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hey there are positives here though….D’Antoni WILL make Knicks basketball fun again – they’ll revamp the roster, no doubt! I’m saying right NOW that the NEW Knickerbockers will be back in the playoff hunt come next post season.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Starbury revival?


    Yeah, cuz D’Antoni loved Starbury the first time around!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    24 million reasons to take the job against 12 not to. I just hope that Wilson Chandler and Renaldo Balkman are working on their outside shooting right NOW.


    Hope that’s enough reasons to have your entire career destroyed and persona crucified in the NY press. I’m sure the fans have started painting the FIRE D’ANTONI signs, organizing marches, starting
    firedantoni websites and practicing chants. 00:07 seconds or less here we come! Actually that’s gonna fit Marbury well, is that a green light to jack up shots every time he crosses halfcourt?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’ll be surprised if Steph is still on the Knicks roster at the start of the season.

  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    ^ does he have an expiring contract or something? why the f*ck else would anyone want him :/

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Is any team going to hire a non-recycled coach this offseason? Jesus these teams are unoriginal. The Knicks have already claimed they’re building for 2010; well then why not give someone new a try? My longtime support of Mark Jackson has me particularly tuned into this cause right now, but I’d be making the same argument even if Mark wasn’t the man. Recycling coaches to the level the NBA seems intent on reaching this offseason is inexcusable.

  • Uh huh

    I’m thinking that coaches go to the Knicks because it is their Everest. If they can fix the Knicks, their legacy is cemented. Good risk for reward for an established coach.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    To play devil’s advocate, not many recycled coaches have won an average of 58 games a year over the past four years and been coach of the year in that same timeframe. Not to mention D’Antoni wasn’t truly recycled, as he hadn’t been fired. I think Mark deserves–and will get–a shot, but I can’t be mad at the Knicks for hiring D’Antoni. (Although apparently Peter Vecsey and Mitch Lawrence can be.)

  • http://www.nba.com hursty

    wow… this is gonna be interesting…

  • http://www.nba.com hursty

    phx dont need a new coach from outside, jusr get alvin gentry from asst. to head coach and then trade nash for skip or calderon or ford. probly Ford suits the system better.

  • http://www.nba.com hursty

    obviously nash’s contract is bigger than those 3 but mo williams would be nice for the suns (dude got paid this year)and bogut could do better with a passing guard. what about Iggy? same sorta contract and a swing man to replace marion and hill who can play marion type perimeter D and is strong blah blah blah :)

  • the biz

    Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph will turn up to training camp reinvented as 220lb jump shooters. Eddy Curry will win the MVP with a 32ppg and 13apg and both will make the All-NBA first team. New York will have the best record in the league, but will fail in the playoffs as both Curry and Randolph decide they cannot stand it anymore and throw a massive fast food party, to which they conveniently forget to invite any guests. D’Antoni quits and the only one man is willing to take on the cursed position of Knicks head coach – Isaiah.

  • Sko

    If I’m D’Antoni, I’m targetting Pietrus Barnes Gerald Green and Diop in Free Agency, and giving up anybody but David Lee to get TJ ford when the dust settles in toronto, then I’m inviting Darius Miles to training camp to see if he has anything left. Scattershot , I know, but what can he really do with the roster he has now? they could probably get all those guys for less than 12 mil. At worst they play Miles 9 games then trade him back to portland for a draft pick or something.

    Who knows if this whole Brookyln thing will be settled by the time LeBron is up, but I think that turning basketball around in NY is going to be a higher priority than clearing cap space. If the Knicks are relevant, competitive and winning, they can afford to sign Lebron, If they’re just a mediocre team with cap space, why would he want to come?

  • http://karanmadhok.blogspot.com karan

    knicks can’t possibly be worse next season than this one, and d’antoni can’t possibly be expected to make them better than the suns team
    so any amount of wins over the last season’s total for the knicks, and d’antoni wins. easy.

  • Andrew

    what everyone is saying is that mike d’antoni got almost zero expectation in knicks