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

by January 20, 2013

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.”