Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  27 responses

Mike D’Antoni Wants 40

As in, 40 wins for his (24-33) Knicks: “D’Antoni revealed Thursday that he recently set a goal of 40wins, meaning that the Knicks would have to go 16-9 over their final 25 games. The way things have gone over the last four seasons at the Garden, 16 wins sometimes represented two-thirds of a season’s total for the Knicks. ‘We’ve got to try to somehow get close to 40 wins and we’ve got 24, so we need 16, any which way,’ D’Antoni said after practice at Greenburgh. ‘If we win our last 16 in a row, I’ll take that. Somehow we’ve got to get there. That will give us a good chance to get into the playoffs.’”

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  • Ritchie

    They can do it. GO KNICKS!!!

  • littleshotlarry

    I’d actually like to see them make the playoffs. I doubt it will happen, but I would enjoy watching them.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    I’d love to see them do a Golden State, sneak the 8th seed and then just go bananas against the Cavs or the Celtics.

  • Herfdawg

    @Andy: that would be the dopest thing ever. 10 times better than GS v. Mavs.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    33 seems more likely.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    I’d be aiming for playoffs, however many wins that takes.

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Ed Tapscott wants 15.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Still much improved and I like it.

  • Don

    Wow i would like to play for mike. Makes chris duhon steve nash.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Don, doesn’t that also imply that Steve Nash was made Nash by Mike?

  • Fat Lever

    I thought he meant a 40 oz, to help with the pain of coaching the Knicks. I was going to suggest some nice Olde E.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I don’t think D’Antoni’s having too many headaches in New York. He knew this season would be somewhat of a wash… and he’s definitely not getting heat from the media. He’s good.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    wouldn’t that be a nice storyline? new york versus boston in the 1st. marbury throws the series away as part of his buyout

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    The Knick’s remaining games: Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland. New Jersey, Sacramento, Orlando, Orlando, LA Clippers, New Orleans, Charlotte, Utah, Denver, Toronto, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, Miami, New Jersey.

    Definitely possible, but I dunno. We’ll have to see….

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  • KozmicKid

    Don’t make me laugh D’Antoni. You wise-guy-I-know-your-daddy-I’m-gonna-waste-a-draft-pick-on-you! Just keep buryin franchises!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    If the Knicks make the playoffs, is D’Antoni a genius? Or a coach with a gimmick?

  • http://www.bebo.com/SupahhHuman Brandon

    Even if the Knicks were 8th seed and went like the hawks last year i would be impressed


    Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. Plain and Simple. It became pretty obvious to everyone here in AZ after the first month of the season how much we missed him. Good coaches are hard to find. I would have liked him to have a full season to try and figure out the Suns team with Shaq. Thanks Kerr. Porter was a great idea. Good luck to him in NY and I’m sure he will continue to turn that team around.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    JESSEG, considering how the Suns are playing recently, I’m guessing Porter was just a bad coach


    Jukai, That’s what I was getting at when I said Porter was a great idea. He just wasn’t a smart fit with the group of players they have. I know the Suns win’s with Gentry weren’t against the greatest teams, but I really like what he is doing with this team… playing the bench, etc. How do you think Gentry will do?

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Do you see what he’s doing with Shaq? Without Amare and an oft-injured Nash, I can’t see the Suns making the playoffs, but they’re winning now. Gentry has been FANTASTIC. I really liked how he was talking to Dragic… he had turned the ball over twice and they called a time-out and Dragic looked really upset. Gentry turned to the dude and said, “Look, I don’t care if you turn the ball over ten times more, just keep playing the way you’re playing. You’re in the NBA, you got nothing more to prove to anyone. Just go out there and play your game and don’t worry about things.”
    Dude goes back in there, drains two jumpers immediately and plays pretty solidly for the rest of the game.
    We wont know if Gentry is a GREAT coach until he actually gets over real adversity, but he’s doing good in my books.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Bucks/Pistons OUT of playoffs Knicks/Bobcats IN. I would be happy if this occurred.

  • Yassi

    Dont hate y´all! The math is correct – and for the rest: just forget it! Or is buying wins with the bailout money an option here?

  • chintao

    Looking at the Knicks’ opponents down the stretch, I think it is realistic for them to achieve 34 wins. On the other hand, one of the the Knicks trademarks has been the Uptempo Collapse. If each game is just a microcosm of the season, I think they will struggle to get 30 (as I wrote at the start of the season). Also, D’antoni sucks.

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

    GO KNICKS!!!! My 2nd favourite team this season!

  • CP34MVP

    I’d Actually love to see them go against the Cavs or Celts in the 1st round. Go Knickerbockers!