D’Antoni: “[Amar’e’s] Trying To Do A Little Too Much”

The Knicks have looked decent in their first three games, though STAT’s turnovers (5.7 a game) are a little eye-popping. Newsday reports coach D’Antoni thinks he knows what’s going on. “Although it’s far too small a sample size to read too much into any one statistic, coach Mike D’Antoni still needed to check in with the Knicks ‘ prize acquisition regarding his turnovers. ‘I think he’s trying to do a little too much,’ D’Antoni said. ‘We talked about it. Just slow it down a bit. Just take your time knowing that guys are going to converge on you and become a little bit more of a playmaker. I think he knows that.’ Part of the problem has been the Knicks’ inability to consistently knock down shots, particularly Danilo Gallinari, who is 2-for-11 from three-point range. That’s made it far too appealing for defenses to focus on Stoudemire and take their chances with everyone on the perimeter. ‘We’ve got to get guys to knock down shots like crazy because that will deviate a lot of the pressure he’s getting,’ D’Antoni said of Stoudemire. ‘Right now, they don’t have a whole lot of fear leaving some of our wings, and we’ve got to instill that fear in them.'”