Mike D’Antoni Shows Interest in College Coaching

by July 31, 2012

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.’”