Monday, March 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  38 responses

‘Bad Rookie’ Jordan Hill Gets Career High vs. Knicks

Mike D’Antoni isn’t exactly the best talent evaluator in the world, now is he? The NY Post reports: “D’Antoni got his hackles up before yesterday’s Rockets showdown when The Post asked him about ex-Knick Hill’s recent remarks. Hill said he couldn’t strut his stuff in New York because D’Antoni isn’t fond of playing rookies. ‘Where does that come from?’ D’Antoni said. ‘Seriously. It’s something that cracks me up. I don’t play rookies? I don’t like to play bad rookies.’ Ouch. Hill wasn’t bad yesterday and helped the Rockets beat D’Antoni’s Knicks 116-112 at the Garden. Hill was aggressive at the rim, scored on two putbacks that he converted into 3-point plays and finished with 13 points and five rebounds. He was on the court when the Rockets got back into the game with a 45-point fourth quarter and played good defense down the stretch.”

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  • Trout

    What a butt munch! Nate Robinson doesn’t look so ungracious now does he?

  • lucas

    dantoni is whack and will never win a championship

  • vtrobot

    maybe he would have been a good rookie if he had a “good” coach who was able to get more out of him. mike, you look very foolish. probably would have looked twice as foolish if jordan heard your comments prior to the game. p.s. knicks, you suck. thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    My friend likes to call these games the “Coming Back At Ya” games. Folks always get up for those games.

  • JB

    Don Nelson is drinking scotch somewhere.

  • mike

    I am finding it hard to support Mike D these days – maybe he knows something we all don’t…or maybe not

  • Hangtime Hec

    If he thought he was a bad rookie…..Then why did he draft him? God I swear sometimes these people don’t know what there doing.

  • J-City

    Seriously, he hasn’t been in the league for a year, you passed over Jennings for him and you’re saying he’s a bad rookie? Bring back Isiah… at least he was a good evaluator of talent.
    Mr. Pringles needs to get over himself too.

  • Rob

    Another example of D’antoni’s stupidity. I’m glad for Jordan Hill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000328261773 Sherlock Foams

    I don’t believe in “what if’s” but it’s glaring that D’Antoni’s ego is somewhat detrimental to this team.

    From the whole Stephon (pre-vaseline/in the best shape of his career) fiasco, to passing on Brandon Jennings, to the miss-treatment & banishing of Nate Robinson, to playing JONATHAN BENDER over Jordan Hill & Darko Milic, to not playing Toney Douglas over Duhon…

    It is just too hard for me NOT to say the team could’ve done better this year (and possibly in the long run) if these situations were reversed.

  • Joey E.

    ^they were tankning until someone told “Pringles” that they dont have their first round pick.

  • rainman10

    Umm…it was 13 and 5, against the Knicks. Still not very good. Ya the Knicks lost, but David Lee had 27, 20 and 6. The minutes that Hill got in NY he did not take advantage of. Scrub.

  • AL29

    @Sherlock Foams- exactly. There have been so many missteps by D’Antoni, and the team has much more talent than their record reflects. I don’t know if it’s D’Antoni, Walsh, the entire front office, or the scrutiny of the NY media… but it seems like the franchise is so focused on landing free agents this summer that they’ve wasted the 09-10 season. And to think they wouldn’t ink David Lee to a long term deal. How is that in the best interests of the team?

  • http://thegoodpoint.com Sam Joynt

    Bad rookies don’t play. Bad coaches don’t win.

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

    Oh yeah Lebron or Wade is really gonna want to play for this guy!

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    Mike D’s like: “Wait until I have three or four all-stars; THEN people will see what a great coach I actually am.”

  • Exile

    co-sign rainman10. He still has some serious upside, but c’mon!

  • James aka…

    The thing that this story shows me is that D’Antoni is thin skinned, and quick to rush to judgement. If we all recall, what Hill actually said was much more polite and respectful of his situation in New York than the relayed comment suggested. So the second thing this story tells me is that the reporter was quite irresponsible in reporting Hill’s comments, more interested in getting a reaction than to seeing what D’Antoni actually thought of what Hill actually said. Pathetic all around.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Uh do you people think Mike D drafted these people? I mean I bet he had a say in who got drafted, but he didn’t personally draft Hill. And to whoever said that Isiah could draft, do you remember Renaldo Balkman? Didn’t think so.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Holy Baller
    Renaldo Balkman, Mardy Collins, David Lee, Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler.
    Three out of five with zero lottery picks is pretty good. And neither Balkman, nor Collins, are total bums. They can play a little bit, hell Balkman just got an extension from the Nuggets, didn’t he?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Yeah, for all the sh*t Isiah Thomas takes, the one thing he did well was draft. If only he didn’t trade away every good pick he had for sh*tty players, he probably would have assembled a pretty good team.

  • http://www.Twitter/notebooknick NotebookNick

    13 points does not make a superstar. That being said, I can’t fault D’Antoni when the Knicks don’t give him much to work with.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    D’Antoni’s arrogance is becoming bothersome for sure, but why does it take a Coming Back At Ya game to play the best game or your career? D’Antoni didn’t give him much light, but when he did get minutes Hill didn’t exactly cover himself in glory.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jordan Hill is going to be fine. Especially playing for Rick Adelman.
    D’Antoni is pretty annoying, but at least he (FINALLY) realized Toney Douglas’ potential. TONEY DOUGLAS IS FINALLY STARTING!
    D’Antoni is horrible at assessing talent, and even worse at developing talent.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    rainman10: Hill is definitely not a scrub. He dropped 13 and 5 on 4 of 8 from the floor, in only 25 minutes. He also went 5 of 5 from the line. So no, he is definitely not a scrub. And yes, those are respectable numbers.

  • Yesse

    Perhaps Mike was the reason why Hill didnt play good?

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    @ allenp: you forgot david lee & channing frye.

  • K

    As often as media likes to rip players for their egos, this guy is more than deserving of the same treatment. D’Antoni’s ego is out of this world; he is one free-agency failure away from becoming Don Nelson pt 2.

    We should have premiered a line-up of Toney Douglas, Chandler, Gallinari, Lee, and finally Hill at center. This line-up has good enough offense (Gallinari, Lee) and defense (Douglas, Hill). Instead he plays Jeffries 30+ min, highlighting Jeffries’ offensive ineptitude, and Jonathan Bender.

  • Sam Z

    F@ck mike d’antoni

  • BK Chris

    With guys like Avery Johnson and Byron Scott looking for jobs its a mystery how this guy still has a job! Do u think a guy like LeBron would really sign with a team that plays in that “run n bum” system?

  • BK Chris

    With guys like Avery Johnson and Byron Scott looking for jobs its a mystery how this guy still has a job! Do u think a guy like LeBron would really sign with a team that plays in that “run n bum” system?

  • ConeyIslander

    As a Knick fan I’m very happy for Jordan Hill. He’s gonna be a great player, just look at the long line of past knicks that go on to be player, ie Doug Christie, Trevor Ariza etc. He just wasn’t the right fit (no one on that roster is!) We needed to draft a point guard so naturally we pass up Brandon “I want to be a Knick please draft me you need me” Jennings and take a “we might lose David Lee” pick in Jordan Hill. We are cursed, I’ve come to accept this. No PG, craptastic coach, no super star, no hope. *sobs in corner*

  • NAS

    isnt he the one that drafted the “bad rookie” around 7 months ago????

    He saw enough in scouting (Im assuming the knicks scout) to warrant a top 10 pick and then 5 months later says he is a bum – if true you should be fired my friend – steve nash made you and you dont have a clue whats going on – isaih was actually a better coach and definetly a better scouter

  • chintao

    Yes, D’Antoni the coach is failure. This we know and accept. The thing that still surprises me is that he has absolutely no media savvy. Maybe it can be attributed to having “thin skin”, as James aka… said? Regardless, this seems like about the third or fourth time this year that D’Antoni has said something that reflects poorly on himself and the franchise. What kind of free agent will want to play for someone who is rash, unprofessional, and constantly knocks current and former players in the media?

  • Clayton Holloway

    The Knicks are idiots, period. Stop chasing the dream and build a damn team.

  • Sparty’s Law

    No way LeBron plays for this guy. Ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Melvin Ely
    Thanks for the heads up on Channing Frye. Didn’t Isiah also draft Trevor Ariza, or was that someone else?
    Damn, that’s a pretty good haul for a GM. No bonafide superstars, but all of those cats can play.
    Too bad Isiah liked ridiculous trades and offenses featuring repeated fallaway jumpers by Jamal Crawford.
    Isiah was a great talent evaluator, a horrible coach, and a passable roster manager.

  • rikson

    Lets all jump on the “we hate dantoni” bandwagon… But seriously, this guy has trained Hill, so I think he knows him a little bit better than we do, right? Especially if all of you judge Hills talent by this one statline, which is – by the way – better average at best… hmmm