Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  21 responses

Report: Mike D’Antoni Has Lost Knicks’ Players Respect

The New York Knicks’ embattled head coach has been making news of late quite a bit, for all the wrong reasons. The latest rumor is that the struggling team has begun to tune out Mike D’Antoni. Per ESPN: “After a remarkable Jeremy Lin-led run that made them the toast of the NBA, the Knicks have lost 8 of their last 10 games. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but while some within the organization are questioning superstar Carmelo Anthony, most of the fingers are being pointed at head coach Mike D’Antoni, according to several sources close to the situation. D’Antoni, hailed as an offensive genius during his successful tenure in Phoenix, has lost the Knicks’ locker room, the sources say. ‘The players like Mike as a person,’ one source said. ‘They think he’s a good guy. But he doesn’t have the respect of the team anymore.’ D’Antoni is in the last year of a four-year deal and all indications are that he will not be brought back after this season; that is, if he survives the rest of this season. The Knicks are expected to make a run at Phil Jackson, who retired from the Lakers last year with 11 NBA titles. But the Knicks, losers of six straight games, still have 24 games left to get through this year, and according to numerous sources close to the team, the reeling club is as dysfunctional in the locker room as it is on the court. In addition to questioning D’Antoni, players are complaining about playing time, and confused about the offensive and defensive schemes.”

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  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    Your new interim head coach Mike Woodsen.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Now there’s something I couldn’t of guessed on my own!

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Knicks saga reiterates the AAU-ization of the NBA. Instead of unproven players taking personal inventory, they claim “the coach can’t coach” and the media appeases them. Phil Jackson would never coach this team … He only coaches players with a track record of excellence. Which Knicks players fit that description?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^jerome jordan

  • bull22

    there blame all the way around. mike d’antoni for allowing melo to get on his nerves and give into his whining about the offense, and melo for not playing defense and also not realizing to shutup and make sacrifices to find a role
    in team ball (see celtics as example) and d’antoni again who needs to allow lin to develop because, in the almost 30 years i have been watching nba ball,
    nobody has ever won a championship overnight except the 2008 boston celtics.

  • Jerry Lin

    Phil Jackson is not coming back. End of story. If some miracle happens and he DOES come to coach to Knicks, look for Kobe to have a historic night in the Garden when the Lakers come…lol.

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  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    I don’t think its that D’Antoni can’t coach, its just that his system doesn’t fit the players that the Knicks have. Unless he was bringing Nash and a gang of 3 point shooters with him, he should have NEVER been hired as the Knicks coach. He was doomed from the start.

  • abaci

    If the knicks can’t lure Phil out of retirement, what coach should they go after ?

  • Waggle

    And the show continues!
    *grabs popcorn*

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    dfrance21: if his system doesn’t fit for the players, and he can’t alter or adjust his system, doesn’t that mean he… can’t coach right now?

  • J.C.

    Haha I know you realise this will never actually happen but I hope enough of you recognise this would actually work quite well…
    Phil comes out of retirement. He comes back to coach the team he used to play for, the Knicks. He coaches a team with two rangy, athletic forwards (Melo and STAT) to play the triangle (an offensive set which is optimised for forwards and minimizes the need for a strong point guard.
    At this point it’s time to get real. Jeremy Lin is an awesome dude but he’s not an elite PG. He runs the pick-and-roll well but his TO’s are high and there’s a reason Phoenix never made it out of the Playoffs, even running one of the greatest Pick’n'Roll tandems in NBA history (Nash and A’mare).
    I honestly believe the Triangle will draw the best out of, and allow the most natural play of Melo and A’mare, and should be employed by the New York Knicks.
    Either: Trade for Nash OR
    Sign a coach who runs something other than the Pick-n-roll.

  • Drig

    Why did it take so much time for them to notice this?! His system doesn’t suit this team!

  • robb

    not a surprise at all

  • alex80

    comeback to PHX

  • http://waterpolo.simmis.fi Lawrence York

    get amare back to phx and give Nash a shot at the title!

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Curious, if D’Antoni could not coach then why were STAT and Melo dying to play for him?

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    Yeah Jukai thats what I said.

    I wouldn’t say they were dying to play for him as much as they were dying to play in NY. He just happened to be there.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    dfrance21: Well they got their wish. 17 newspapers and 3 million bloggers are gonna “go-in” on them every night. If you’re not Reggie Jackson and cannot deliver in the clutch, NYC is the last place you wanna be.

  • Heals

    Easy scapegoat for team with underperforming stars and a media base with unrealistic expectations and a “blame” mentality…

  • hushabomb

    If it wasn’t for STAT playing for D’Antoni to begin with, Melo would have never considered NY. And basically you were saying NY or bust. Would you have made the same decision with no STAT on your team.

    So why would you think Melo that you can go to the Knicks and reverse their fortunes when you know that the system was built for STAT and not you. It makes you wonder when the best ball the Knicks have played all year was without Melo. And the worse was when Melo was on the floor.

    @JLin7. Regardless of what is happening around you, remember this. Play hard on both ends of the floor. Do not take plays off. Get your team mates involved at every opportunity. Keep your discipline. The next 24 games will define you as a player. You have, for now, the support of NY to try and reverse the fortunes of NY. NY is banking on you and not Melo to get them into the playoffs. You’ll do well son, keep your head up