Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at 11:26 am  |  11 responses

Mike D’Antoni Was Reportedly Against NY Signing Pablo Prigioni the Past Few Years

Things are working out pretty well with the Pablo Prigioni-Knicks relationship—he’s been a solid backup point guard on a team that’s certainly needed a solid backup point guard. Meanwhile, The Post reports the Argentine could’ve been a Knick years earlier, but the squad’s former coach wasn’t in favor of the signing: “Although former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni professed to love European players, sources told The Post he was against bringing in Spanish League point guard Pablo Prigioni the past few years. The Post reported in July the Knicks had Prigioni on their radar for four years. According to multiple sources, Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and European scout Kevin Wilson wanted to sign Prigioni, but never made an offer because of D’Antoni’s reluctance. Sources said D’Antoni felt Prigioni was a third-stringer and didn’t have the speed to make an NBA rotation. Prigioni has been more than adequate this season for the Knicks, playing in 37 of 38 games, averaging 15.3 minutes, 3.5 points, 3.1 assists and just 1.2 turnovers a game.”

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  • Hart26

    Bad decision by D’Antoni. Couldve used him when Billups went down in the playoffs, and we had to use ANTHONY CARTER

  • spit hot fiyah

    what a shame, there could have been so many prigioni/d’antoni puns

  • Max

    Gimme one.

  • Max

    I forgot about Anthony Carter!
    Combination of Melo and VC Skill wise!

  • thesageblame thesage

    And this same man coaches the Los Angeles Lakers? Who’s to blame

  • underdog

    Prigioni is hands down my favorite rookie this season. He’s just so savvy and experienced, he makes much faster and younger guards look baffled out there. Plus it’s hilarious how he sometimes simply refuses to attempt field goals. A great back-up PG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    d’antoni is a strange man

  • Zabbah

    Yeah, I love puns. What a loss.

  • LakeShow

    I’ll co sign this, I like him, but he’s not a savant in all things basketball.

  • LakeShow

    When life gives you D’Antoni’s, you make turn it into Prigioni’s….??? No?

    yeah, I got no idea what that dude was thinking lol….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @disqus_Ibahj8oYaU:disqus @disqus_j65FuvcSML:disqus – you guys, this is my favorite 3 comment conversation ever.

    @spit hot fiyah – good form on starting this on accident.