Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 12:15 pm  |  7 responses

D’Antoni To Hire Defensive-Minded Assistant

Mike D’Antoni has heard this criticism before. It seems, according to Newsday, that the Knicks’ skipper is ready to focus on the defensive side of the game: “According to a source, one issue Walsh had with D’Antoni was addressed at the end of the season. It involved a need for more of a defensive mind-set, which was something veteran point guard Chauncey Billups stressed with Walsh in his exit interview, the source said. According to several sources, D’Antoni is expected to follow through on something that has been widely discussed: the hiring of an assistant coach to oversee the defense. Lawrence Frank, who spent some time around the Knicks’ organization before he joined the Celtics this past season, would be considered a strong candidate. However, he is in line for one of two head-coaching vacancies and could have the inside track on the Toronto job.”

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  • ripslam

    Because that’s going to do a lot.

  • Jer Boi

    It’s not like it’s his choice. I’m sure he was forced to which means even if they do have a defensive minded coach I doubt he’s gonna listen to the guy.

  • http://slamonline.com Easy Bee

    The Knicks should think about hiring Frank to replace D’Antoni and not to be his assistant.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Probably means that it will be a defensive minded coach compared to D’Antoni. Don Nelson?

  • toinefan88

    Dantoni is one of the best coaches in the world.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com dev0

    this. AND Toronto and Detroit are also on the prowl for experienced, defensive-minded coaches after letting Triano and Keusters walk.

  • bull22

    now that donnie walsh has been canned (officially he stepped down) he does not have a choice the matter.