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Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  69 responses

Steve Nash Defends Mike D’Antoni


As the New York Knicks’ slide in the standings continues, head coach Mike D’Antoni’s seat only becomes hotter. But according to Steve Nash, who the Knicks are rumored to be chasing next summer, it’s not all his former coach’s fault that the Knicks are awful. Per ZagsBlog: “The Knicks (6-8) have dropped four straight, with their latest loss coming to a Suns team that had lost five in a row, including Tuesday night’s game in Chicago … ‘He’s in a tough position,’ Nash, a two-time NBA MVP who entered averaging 14 points and an NBA-best 10.0 assists, said of D’Antoni. ‘They’ve constantly changed and brought in new people and now that he’s got all these new pieces he hasn’t really had the point guard he’s wanted…so for me it’s been a constant transition and a constant waiting game. Waiting for the Melo trade to happen and free agency they gave away their point guard [Chauncey Billups] to get Tyson [Chandler] and fill up their frontcourt and they have a guy to guard the interior. Now they’re waiting for Baron [Davis] to get healthy, so you know that’s tough. It’s tough not to have that balance full of roster, so I do feel for him.’ The Knicks could get Davis back next week and D’Antoni is basically ready to hand him the starting point guard job as soon as he debuts. ‘If Baron’s healthy he can be the answer for sure,’ Nash said. ‘He’s a terrific player. Very skilled. Can facilitate and score. When he’s healthy, he can play at as high a level as anybody. That’s the big key, if Baron can get healthy he’ll be great here.’ Of course, by next season the Knicks will be in the market for a point guard and Nash, who turns 38 next month, believes he can play at a high level for a few more years. ‘I bet I can play a long time, depending on what role,’ Nash said. ‘I physically feel about as good as I’ve ever felt, so I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t play at this level for a couple more years. It just becomes harder work. It’s a full-time job to stay at this level physically and to recover but as far as just playing in the league, I think I can play for a long time.’ D’Antoni, who clearly longs for the days when Nash, and not rookie Iman Shumpert or past-his-prime Mike Bibby, was his point guard, agrees.”

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  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Steve Nash defends no one!

  • crooklyn

    Could someone tell me what exactly has mike dantoni won as an nba coach that people give him so much credit for? Please save me the win totals in phx, thats like having a nice car with no gas, looks great but aint gonna get ya where ya want to go. Please someone, anyone, homeboy had a chance to be a great coach, but turned down thibodeau a while back…yeah great coach

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    if big wins total don’t mean anything, then there are only 2 coaches worth any credit at all. (Carslisle, Rivers) The rest are just nice cars with no gas. And D’Antoni never turned down Thibs.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ crooklyn, couldn’t agree with you more. And he’s had plenty of talent to do it. Nash + Joe Johnson + QRich + Marion + A’mare + Barbosa (off the bench) all at or approaching their primes, and you don’t make 1 finals appearance?! This guy should be an assistant coach for life!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I saw the names Steve Nash and Baron Davis and immediately thought about their “Stepbrother” skit. Happen to anyone else? lol

  • crooklyn

    Big wins are playoff wins (what i meant with win totals was reg season, my friend, and yes dantoni did turn down the oppurtunity to have thibs as an asst for defense (in phx), look it up

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ Niq, guilty!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He had that combination of players for (1) season Meat Hook. (1) Season.

  • crooklyn

    Big wins are playoff wins, ask any coach if he’d rather be above 500 in the playoffs or the reg season, and yes, mike dantoni did turn down the chance to get thibs back in phx (look it up)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No, Steve Kerr turned down the opportunity to hire Thibs as the Head Coach when D’Antoni left. Look it up.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And D’Antoni is above .500 in the playoffs. He is actually one of the most successful playoff coaches in the league. But whatever floats your boat.

  • KenboJay

    this is his last year in New York i do kno this

  • RunNGun

    D’Antoni is a great coach. Iman and Toney Douglas are not a point guards. They should have never amnestied Chauncey. See what happens when Donnie Walsh is in charge. Dude can make anything happen…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ nbk, the following season Amare was out, but in ’06 Nash, Raja “Chuck Norris” Bell, Boris Diaw (arguably an upgrade from QRich), Shawn Marion, A’mare + Barbosa + Kurt Thomas . Still an Absolutely STACKED roster!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Donnie Walsh isn’t in charge.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In 06? When Amar’e didn’t play? Or 07 when Amar’e got suspended for the most crucial game of the season? That Phoenix team was never a championship team either way. If you thought that roster was good enough to win a title, then really, you don’t know what your talking about.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Also, Boris Diaw played PF/C for the Suns. He took the place of Amar’e and had (1) good season. He won Most Improved Player, averaged 13, 6, 6, then the next season he regressed back to 9, 4, 4. Basically he was good for that (1) season, the one without Amar’e.

  • crooklyn

    Hey nbk, i did “look it up” and yes, he did turn down steve kerrs’ offer to bring in thibodeau. Check with ny daily news writer mitch lawrence. +500 in the playoffs and no rings??? definitely dont float anyones’ boat…sorry

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Okay NBK, I acknowledged that A’mare missed the season in my last post. But you still haven’t acknowledged ’04, ’05, ’08, and yeah, A’mare got suspended in ’07 for a huge game, but you can even argue that an organized coaching staff ensures players on the bench don’t touch the court.

    And don’t give me that “if you don’t agree with me then you don’t know what you’re talking about” BS. What are you, in grade 3?!?!

    The fact of the matter is, in Nash, Marion, and A’mare, D’Antoni had an MVP and 2 elite all stars who were all in their primes for about 5 years. This, coupled with high quality role players, I’m not talking Joel Anthony and a bloated Bibby in your starting line-up, I’m talking Joe Johnson (for one year), Barbosa who was ALWAYS in the running for 6th man of the year, Kurt Thomas, Borris Diaw2, and QRich.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Thibodeau was not interviewing for an assistant job, why the f*ck would he leave the world champions as the lead assistant to be the assistant of a worse team? Kerr decided not to hire him as the Head Coach. — And the vast majority of NBA coaches in history don’t have a ring. You have to be absolutely stupid to expect a ring from every good coach. Absolutely Stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Thibodeau was interviewing for an assistant job, why the f*ck would he leave the world champions as the lead assistant to be the assistant of a worse team? Kerr decided not to hire him as the Head Coach. — And the vast majority of NBA coaches in history don’t have a ring. You have to be absolutely stupid to expect a ring from every good coach. Absolutely Stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    04? they went 29-53.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    05, Joe Johnson broke his face in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    08′ they traded for Shaq in the middle of the season. You could not honestly try and argue that was a championship caliber team.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    not “every good coach” has the luxury of having an MVP an All-NBAer and a perrennial All-Star in their primes to go along with 3 or 4 top-tier role players year after year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Before you do anymore horrible research I hope you realize I live in Phoenix. What happens with these teams happens right in front of my face.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They didn’t have those things. SO you’re calling Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, and a third player “top tier” — Have you ever even watched basketball?

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    okay, sure, and what about ’04 and ’05?

  • crooklyn

    Hey nbk, i aint into the whole internet thug crap with all that hostility, but you dont know what you talking about with thibs, and yeah people do expect rings from good coaches, that’s what pushes them to being great coaches, sorry if i’ve insulted your stepdad, but hey, GOD bless him for trying

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Joe Johnson was a young role-player at the time, it’s like you refuse to acknowledge that he had Nash, Marion, and A’mare . . . Most good coaches adjust when role players go down. Especially when they have a stacked bench!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nash and Johnson were together for one season. Johnson broke his face in the playoffs. It’s that simple.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Crooklyn, you are flat ignorant. But I am also happy that you are clearly enjoying your sense of intelligence. Which is a false sense, but atleast you’re having a good time.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    top tier role players . . . would you consider Barbosa ’07 6th man of the year a top tier role player? Because I would. You don’t think Raja Bell was an excellent role player for Phx while he averaged 14.7 per while playing solid D night in and night out?!
    I get it NBK. “Yeah we had Joe Johnson, but it was only for (1) year and he broke his face.” “Yeah Diaw played great, but he only had (1) really really really good year.” Yeah we should have one in ’07, but A’mare got suspended (they still could have won game 7 but failed) all the while refusing to acknowledge having the best pg in basketball and one of the best all-round sf in the game.
    You’re right, the cards were stacked against D’Antoni, he never had a chance . . .

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Crooklyn, I assume your talking about his interview with Phoenix in 2007 for the assistant job after Iavaroni left, which had nothing to do with D’Antoni turning him down, he chose to work for Boston, who had just acquired a big 3 (which I hope you remember). Once again, him not being hired by Phoenix in 2007, just like 2009, had nothing to do with Mike D’Antoni.

  • crooklyn

    Intelligence? Aint no intelligence going on here in news and rumors just a whole lotta talk, get over yourself and get a life, “mr phoenix- all in your face”…pause. I’m from ny and we want dantoni to win but it just aint happening, so exxxxcuse the f#$% outta us if we are over him and ready for the next one if things don’t change. But in the meantime GOOOOOOOOOO MIKe!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Steve Nash was never been the best PG in basketball. He was the best offensive PG in basketball but never was he the best. And never did Phoenix have a championship level defense, especially down low. In the seasons (2005, 2006) that they would have had a chance (slight but still a chance) at a championship, they suffered setbacks that would have prevented any team from winning the title. In 05, Joe Johnson’s injury. In 06, Amar’e had his microfracture surgery. And yes I would consider Raja Bell & Leandro Barbosa top tier “role players” whatever that means, but that doesn’t change the fact that they had 0 elite two way players (which have been a staple of championships teams as long as their have been championships). So them not winning, was not surprising, and it sure was not a failure, especially from the coach, who many at the time said, was OVERACHIEVING.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You can have any coach ever, that Knicks teams is not winning anything.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And you don’t have to be intelligent to figure that out.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I completely agree that the suns lacked defensive stoppers (although cases can be made for Marion and Bell). But they also lacked defensive intensity/interest. You can’t say the suns were getting scored on because they lacked youth or athleticism (granted, they lacked some size). In my opinion, it’s the coaches job to demand effort from his players, and in that respect, you can’t say D’Antoni held any of his players accountable for their D. I think A’mare has all of the tools to be an excellent defender, but I believe playing under D’Antoni for so long has stunted his defensive progress.

    I also agree with NBK that no coach is turning the current Knicks squad into a contender. None.

    NBK, you know your basketball and I respect you for that, but you REALLY need to stop calling people stupid, ignorant, or question if they’ve ever watched a game. It makes you come across as a pompous/arrogant/elitist keyboard warrior.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I called Crooklyn ignorant because he is. The comment about if you’ve ever watched basketball was hella rude, I apologize. I didn’t call anyone stupid, I said “You have to be absolutely stupid to expect a ring from every good coach. Absolutely Stupid.” which is 100% true.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Amar’e is a horrible defender because he doesn’t have the brain for it. D’Antoni has absolutely nothing to do with that. If the Knicks had a playmaker running the point (hopefully Baron Davis is in shape) they will immediately start winning games at an elite level. But once the playoffs start they will lose, be it the 1st or 2nd round. And as long as Carmelo Anthony, & Amar’e Stoudemire are there, under those contracts, the situation is not going to change. Irregardless of who the coach is.

  • Pais

    @nbk – this is weird, a lot of experts have criticized D’antoni coaching since Phx. The 7 second or less technique has been widely accepted as a failure. However exciting it was to watch the (unquestionably) talented Phx team of those days. With no visible emphasis on defense (a fairly important aspect of most sports), and little that can be directly attributed to D’antoni (Nash is awesome), it should be easy to at least understand why his coaching ability is questioned. Your posts recently are quite condescending and belligerent, Eboy takes a hiatus and you step in as substitute resident A-hole.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    my comments aren’t posting. The 7 seconds or less offense is not regarded as a failure. You can’t know what your talking about and say that. D’Antoni’s offense can be criticized for not putting an emphasis on defense, but then again, it is created for teams that are better at offense then defense so…. – In terms of his lack of success in New York, all of that should be blamed on James Dolan, and NOBODY else. D’Antoni has run the “7 second or less” or “run n gun” when he was in europe, offensive system his whole entire career. And he has won more then he has lost, his whole entire career. And he won championships in Europe, he didn’t just win games. And he also didn’t create the system, Paul Westhead did, and he invented it in route to an NBA championship in 1980. THen moved on to evolve the “run n gun” system at Loyola Maramount from 1985-1990. From there it has had little variation and has been adopted and used by Mike D’Antoni and Don Nelson.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I still think D’Antoni plays a part in A’mare’s defensive shortcomings(although it’s ultimately up to A’mare). I believe this is A’mare’s 8th season with D’Antoni. That’s about 8/10 seasons playing for a coach that does not hold players accountable for missing defensive assignments (or at least that’s how I see it).
    Not to suggest that the two are equals, but I saw a lot of the same defensive shortcomings with the Raptors under Jay Triano. Take Bargnani for example, he’s an offensive minded player who wants to do nothing but shoot. If players like Bargnani and A’mare know that they are guaranteed unlimited shots and minutes regardless of how little effort they exert on the defensive end, they’ll slack on D. And they do. I just don’t see an elite coach letting players get away with it.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    Amar’e had Terry Porter for a little bit, who harped on defense like he was a nagging wife, and Amar’e didn’t improve even a little bit. He consistently looks lost on defense, and his ability to rotate is absolutely pathetic. For example, with Amar’e in Phoenix their defense was ranked 16th in the NBA in both 2005 and 2007. But 2006, when he went out with the Knee surgery and Boris Diaw took his place, the defense moved up to 13th in the league. (For reference’s sake, the offense didn’t improve or regress)

  • Pais

    @nbk – Not a failure, c’mon, you serious? It was a great experiment that ran it’s course. The objective was a ring, and over time it became increasingly obvious that it was not going to happen. Sure it’s unfair to label a coach as a failure for not winning a ring but simultaneously you can’t say he was successful. I’ll concede that he deserves more time in NY, I’ll also concede that Dolan should bare the brunt of any criticism. But in terms of the NBA, it should be expected that a lot of people may consider D’antoni to be overrated.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    I am not arguing about whether he is or isn’t overrated. But his offense wasn’t deemed a failure. And he sure was viewed as a failure for not winning a ring in Phoenix. Only people that don’t know what they are talking about thinks he’s a failure for that reason. (no offense) None of those Suns teams were really championship caliber. — Ofcourse there are going to be some people in the media that say otherwise, but believing everything they say is like believing every cover story of people magazine. Jeff Van Gundy said the Heat would win more then 70 games last season. They didn’t. Is that a failure?

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    True. But was Porter an elite coach? I just don’t see a Sloan, Pops, or Phil letting a missed defensive rotation slide. I’ve seen all-stars like Pau, Manu, and Parker getting chewed-out and benched for less. Mind you, I just brought up 3 of the greatest coaches to ever do it, but Thibbs wouldn’t let that slide either.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    he sure was *not* viewed as a failure for not winning in Phoenix. (if he was, why would he have had 2 offers at once? one from New York, and one from Phoenix, the place you say he “failed” – easy answer, because he didn’t fail, he succeeded if you had realistic expectations and viewed his career as the Suns coach with Objectivity.)

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    Da-Meat-Hook, I would argue that Thibs or any other great defensive coach would have created a system that hid Amar’e on that end. They wouldn’t have given him skills he doesn’t already possess. D’Antoni led teams are not worried about anything but outscoring their opponent, and with his best 2 players on every team he’s coached being one-way players (Nash & Stoudemire, Melo & Stoudemire) can you blame him?

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    But what makes Melo and A’mare 1 way players? I say it’s lack of accountability.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    And my bad butchering Amar’e's name, I’m going on like 3 hours of sleep.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    Considering neither has ever even shown a hint of being a good defender at any level higher then HS, I think its just they don’t have it on that end. Not the mind for it, or work ethic, or whatever. Doesn’t really matter what the reason is, they will never figure it out.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    I’m off too lunch, so i may take a while to get back to you if you respond.

  • ash

    Short season no full training camps or practices, new players. He needs another year to determin if, he can coach New York.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    You hit the nail on the head with “work ethic” on the defensive end. Which is why coaches like Phil Jackson would bench talented players like Toni Kukoc(not comparing him to Amar’e or Mello) until he displayed the rebounding and defensive intensity that met Phil’s standards. All I’m saying is that it’s a coaches job to demand excellence/effort on both ends of the floor. Some do it better than others. Is D’antoni an elite coach? I don’t think so. I think the top 40% of NBA coaches could have put up similar win totals with the amount of talent he’s had over the last 8 years.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    The amount of talent he has had is overrated. There were more talented teams at the time getting less wins. (Nets and Heat come to mind off the top of my head). To say almost half the coaches in the league would have done the same thing is absurd. I don’t think there are more then 5 coaches who would have recognized how to win that many games with a roster with that many glaring weaknesses. They were winning 50+ games every season without the ability (or personnel) to effectively guard Point Guards or Big Men. Which is why, in the playoffs, when they played elite teams, with elite (or even just pretty good) players at those positions they struggled. Tim Duncan ate Phoenix, yearly. The Mavericks dismantled Phoenix behind Dirk and Devin Harris. (and guess what? those are the only 2 teams to beat Phoenix in the playoffs)

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I think we just have different mentalities when it comes to D. I think players like Mello and Amar’e have the capacity to become good if not solid defenders. You feel that Amar’e lack of basketball IQ made him prediposed to being a liability for life. But isn’t that a coaches job? To encourage players to be more cognitive and demand maximun effort?
    If you can say D’Antoni squeezed out every last drop of potential out of Amar’e and Nash’s defense, than yes, the Suns never had a chance . . . But I see offensive players with limited athletic ability like Dirk, Jet, and Barea go hard on D(max effort), partly because Carlisle was successful in getting them to buy into playing D.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    Tyson Chandler, Deshawn Stevenson, Shawn Marion, Corey Brewer are all ELLTE. Like top 5 at their position defensively. The Suns had Shawn Marion & Raja Bell. They couldn’t stop PG’s or C’s. — Regarding the Coaches job to help with basketball IQ, do you feel teacher’s fail when they have students who just can’t become intelligent when it comes to math? It’s the same type of thing, if you don’t get it after years and years of doing it, and seeing others be successful at it, then you’re probably never going to get it. Now I understand where you’re coming from when you say he didn’t squeeze out every last drop of potential defensively from Stoudemire & Nash but can you really expect him (or any coach) to get that out of Amar’e at this point? And what about Melo? Who has had many different coaches, and still has not shown even the slightest indication that he can consistently be even a decent defender.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I actually am a teacher, and I can tell you that not every student passes, regardless of how much effort I put in. I don’t have a problem with dumb students failing my class. I Have a problem with dumb students who put in zero effort and fail my class. I have an even bigger problem with talented students who put in zero effort and fail my class.

    I see what you’re saying with Melo, but D’Antoni inherited a young Amar’e(maybe 20 year old), a raw and impressionable Amar’e who had the strength, length, and athleticism to become an excellent defender. 10 years later, he still leaves his feet too much, still follows the ball on rebounds instead of boxing out, and still blows defensive assignments on the regular. These are basic defensive fundamentals that are taught at the elementary level. D’Antoni’s had about 8 years to instill these basic principles in Amar’e, but we’re still waiting.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    “These are basic defensive fundamentals that are taught at the elementary level” – D’Antoni shouldn’t have to coach those things. And if Amar’e can’t be mentally strong enough to learn not to jump on every pump fake on his own, wth is anyone else going to teach him? You being a teacher, you know, the first thing a person needs in order to improve is to recognize where it is needed, and apparently, Amar’e doesn’t see the glaring weaknesses in his defensive game that everyone else in the country with eyes can see. Or he just doesn’t have the ability to adapt defensively. It’s more on him then D’Antoni, the coaches job is more about the system then each player’s habits, like you said, those are things you worry about at the elementary level, once you get to the NBA the (head) coaches simply don’t have the time to harp on every little thing a player does.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    You named the defensive stoppers, but my point is Dirk, Jet, and Barea didn’t slack or take plays off the way Amar’e and Nash would. I completely acknowledge that Dallas had better defensive stoppers.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I’ve been saying the owness is ultimately on Amar’e this entire time. What I’m questioning is a lack of accountability for defensive brain-farts and lack of effort. We both know that regardless of how bad Amar’e and Melo slack on D, they’re both getting 35 minutes of burn and 15-20 shots a game. Right?
    That’s my problem with D’Antoni. Where most coaches will call time-out to either put you on blast or at the very least address the error so it doesn’t happen again, his philosophy is to sprint up the court and take the first decent look the opposing D concedes.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    When asked if he was worried about motivating his players to play D, Sam Mitchell told a Toronto reporter that he controls everything that every player wants. “Minutes”. Again, I’m not saying Mitchell’s the superior coach, but players who aren’t giving you what you want/expect on D shouldn’t be getting what the want on offense.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    NBK is letting D Antoni off the hook some because poor defensive players, like Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, have been known to carry out defensive assignments when the coach and best player make those things a priority as Rivers and KG did.
    But he’s right that some players just don’t get it. Like Carlos Boozer. the difference is that Thibs will sit Boozer. DAntoni lets Amare and Nash play, but then bashes Amare to the media.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And Allen does what Allen does, makes better sense of my thoughts then I know how too. Thanks AP

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    In 3 sentences, allenp summarized what 20 of my posts couldn’t. Great coaches hold all players accountable on both ends, and use playing time as their leverage.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He doesn’t focus win with defense so there is no reason to hold his best offensive players accountable on that end because that isn’t their role. I think it’s about whether you think his system can win at all. Which I think it can, but they would need a premiere playmaker, which they no longer can afford. And don’t have the pieces to trade and get one while keeping the other essential things they need (a stopper down low and on the perimeter – Shumpert , Chandler) scoring off the bench/general hustle (Douglas, Fields). If D’Antoni had say Nash, Shumpert, Melo, Stoudemire, Chandler, Fields, Douglas, and a decent nothing special backup big then they would compete in the east. Would I bet on them? No way. But with D’Antoni’s system, those scorers, and the right defensive pieces they would stand a chance. So imo the question is more about whether you think his system can work then if he isn’t a good coach.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    on winning*. Sorry from my phone doesn’t bode well with my commenting style lol

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