Does Mike D’Antoni Have Job Security in New York?
With the roster the Knicks have recently built, there is now question as to whether or not Mike D’Antoni is the right guy to lead the group. The NY Post speculates: “Following the blockbuster additions of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups two weeks ago, the Knicks have assembled a club that is not built in D’Antoni’s speedball image. So with one year left on his contract and his biggest supporter, Walsh, up in the air, there is mystery to D’Antoni’s long-term security — fairly or unfairly. D’Antoni’s greatest attribute as coach is perfecting a high-speed attack, which the club is slowly moving away from. One league executive told The Post, ‘I think the question for next season will be, is D’Antoni the right guy to lead a team with a halfcourt star in Anthony and a [soon-to-be] 35-year-old point guard [Billups]?’ Dealing with another roster overhaul should be par for the course for D’Antoni. Every season as Knicks coach, he’s dealt with roster-rocking, in-season trades. In his two-plus seasons, D’Antoni has coached 34 players, which amounts to essentially three different teams. Entering training camp, D’Antoni hoped this would be the year of roster stability. How wrong he was.”