Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  14 responses

Mike D’Antoni Shows Interest in College Coaching

Current Team USA assistant and former NBA frontman Mike D’Antoni has had a rather storied, scrutinized and well-documented coaching career. He helped pioneer the Seven Seconds or Less offensive strategy, which some applauded and others criticized. His coaching ability? That can be argued. The level of excitement and semi-organized chaos his team’s play with? That cannot. And, according to AZcentral.com, D’Antoni could be back on the sidelines fairly soon. The college sidelines, that is. “D’Antoni, 61, never envisioned himself as a college coach. He can be stubborn and headstrong, and he badly wanted to prove his system could work in the NBA. But in the process of taking his son on college visits, his perspective began to change. ‘You think about it,’ D’Antoni said. ‘You look at it and think, ‘Oh, that could be fun.’ One thing I do know from taking my son around is that anytime you step on a college campus, you feel energy. You feel an excitement that’s not there, normally, where the business (of basketball) takes over. And obviously, when you feel the excitement; things go through your head.’”

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  • LA Huey

    He’ll be like Paul Westhead at Loyola Marymount.

  • SeanMagicJuan

    He would bring UNLV back to the big time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    isnt defense especially at college basketball very important? just askin…

  • Bobitto

    He’s not gonna send many players to the league if he does go into college coaching, that doesn’t mean he won’t be a successful coach. I see a lot of jimmer-esque players to come in the next few years, if any, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  • ab40

    jimmer- esque players get jummer – esque results. So yes that is a bad thing. And chuckers like that are bad for the game. It simply is bad coaching and their confidence get’s broken at the pro leveo –> adam morrison anyone. I don’t think he should coach college. All the players think they have the rights that melo had with the knicks, he’ll run them into the ground and lose their respect in no time.

  • LA Huey

    Defense in college is less important than in the pros considering how much lesser the talent is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Let me guess: He read Shock Exchange’s book and figured out that college is the best place to develop talent and win a title like Calipari.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Defense is important in every level of the game.

  • Heals

    Still think he’ll find a good home in the NBA, but without a doubt I love this move. He’ll be an excellent recruiter because of the way he believes and sells his style of play to players. Some college will get real lucky as I can easily see him really creating something that is as entertaining as it is successful at the college level…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    sure, the talent level in ncaa bball is a bit lower but the intensity level much higher and as far as ive seen it the players dont get all these phony calls as they get in the nba. or did i get that wrong?

  • Wet

    I actually think his system is a college system. Especially for mid tier schools who end up with a decent point gaurd and lots of shooters.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Nick with the zinger!

  • LA Huey

    “sure, the talent level in ncaa bball is a bit lower but the intensity level much higher” People who make that assumption also think that Westbrook plays harder than Durant.

  • http://www.slamononline.com Redd