D'Antoni agrees to coach Knicks

D'Antoni agrees to coach Knicks

There are 28 comments on the Newsday story from May 10, 2008, titled D'Antoni agrees to coach Knicks. In it, Newsday reports that:

Mike D'Antoni is bringing his show to the World's Most Famous Arena. The former Coach of the Year winner, who averaged 58 wins a year over the past four seasons with the Phoenix Suns, has agreed to a contract ...

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DTM

Hackettstown, NJ

#1 May 10, 2008
I don't really like this hire. I respect him but I don't think this is the right team for him. Hopefully I am wrong. I guess i just have to trust Donnie Walsh's judgment on this one. I guess we will see.
Marvin Campbell

Beaumont, TX

#2 May 10, 2008
Bring in Mark Jackson, Patrick Ewing to be his right and left hand man ?
Jim

AOL

#3 May 10, 2008
He certainly won't have the same level of talent to work with here as he had with the suns!
Teddy R

Falls Church, VA

#4 May 10, 2008
Poor b u g g e r.
John Tarpey

West Hempstead, NY

#5 May 10, 2008
Mike,
I certainly welcome you to New York & wish you the absolute best.
However, I do have questions:
1- Will you demand defense be played?
2-will you get this team in better
physical condition?
3-will you be able to adjust your
style of play to the Eastern Confrence & your roster?
4-you need a rugged power forward to have Eddy Curry excel, you need an elite point guard to properly run your style of offense & you need to bring Zach Randolph off the bench.
If you can solve these issues then i feel you can be sucessful.
again Good Luck, Welcome, Work Hard, Stay Focused, Donnie will get you
GOOD PLAYERS, Knick Fans will remain patient & support you & donnie as long as there is a solid plan in place.
Go Get Em , Coach D'antoni.
cracker

Piscataway, NJ

#6 May 10, 2008
a white guy in bafketball? how strange!
Bob

Venice, FL

#7 May 10, 2008
Not my first choice but a good hire. I could deal with Jax being hired but I wasn't thrilled with the idea. We get one of the most successful coaches of the last few seasons, someone who should be able to put an exciting product on the floor and is passionate about the game as opposed to that loser Thomas who phoned it in.

I hope he installs a run n gun offense but also hires some assistants who will help him draw up schemes so that the Knicks are successful on both ends of the floor.

If D'antoni can show some real progress in the next two years, realistic progress, I think free agents like Lebron and Wade will seriously consider coming here, especially with the kind of offense NBA ballers enjoy running. No guarantee of success with his hire but things are looking up.
Adam

Las Vegas, NV

#8 May 10, 2008
This is going to seem like a brilliant move in 2 years when the knicks look nothing like they do today and hova picks up thaBron. This is not a short term move.
Jc In Dunedin FL

New Port Richey, FL

#9 May 10, 2008
All I want is for D'Antoni to take pride in this team and this town. That is all. I am tired of people coming in here to make names for themselves at the expense of this team. That is why I wanted Mark. He is a Nker. He was a Knick. He would care about the town and how we feel about this team. I just want D'Antoni to care about us. To not go out there with a hidden agenda like Isiah, Layden, Wilkins, and Brown. They all said they wanted to make the Knicks champions but in the end they wanted the Knicks money, the power the Knicks job brings with it, and the fame winning their brings. I want a guy who will do nothing more than care about this team and the fans in NY that have stood by this team for years. We are the ones that have suffered for years. I have been a Knicks fan for 15 years but what about the long suffering fan who is been a fan since the 1930's. They have been suffering for years. Bring pride back to this town and this team.
Jc In Dunedin FL

New Port Richey, FL

#10 May 10, 2008
The blocked out word was Br0wn by the way.
Knicked

Brooklyn, NY

#11 May 10, 2008
The New York Sports Media probably has him fired already.

This will give the circle-jerkers plenty of fodder for a few days.
huh

Lincoln Park, NJ

#12 May 10, 2008
does this mean that eddie curry now has to run up and down a basketball court?
stateofgrace90

Ridgewood, NY

#13 May 10, 2008
Hopefully the D'Antoni hire means the Knicks will look to rid themselves of Randolph and Curry (difficult but not impossible). Pray to get Derek Rose with their draft pick and clear out as much money as you can for LeBron in 2 years. Please oh please add a few foreign players like most good teams in the NBA do.
rcs

United States

#14 May 10, 2008
Find some guys that want to play. Mason and Starks wanted to play. Are
the Knicks a team? or just a collection of players put together by
isaih who is a lightweight! i wanted west and Van Gundy! I could have lived for 2 years with jackson, herb or Patrick. Hell, I miss Alan Houston, who was talented and classy.
To much money being thrown around to guys that can't deliever and thats wrong. any guy overweight and not in shape should be canned with no salary. Ed Curry may be a nice person but he should be trim and fit!
Knicks Fixer

New York, NY

#15 May 10, 2008
This is a great hire. D'Antoni has won everywhere he has gone and would have won 2-3 NBA championships in Phoenix if management there was committed to winning. Instead, management would trade away its number 1 picks for cash, and gave away Joe Johnson solely for financial savings.

Then they hired Steve Kerr, who is a total moron. Kerr will take a team on the verge of a championship and 3 years from now they'll be a 25 win team.

As for the Knicks this is a 3 year project to fix. D'Antoni will change the culture and bring excitement with the style of play. Either Randolph or Curry will go and both could be near all star players in another system. D'Antoni weeds out the crap the next 2 years, keeps the parts that work, adds the 2 draft picks, and the Knicks sign Lebron James for the max and James will become a billionaire (no exaggeration) if he goes to NY.
Knicks Fixer

New York, NY

#16 May 10, 2008
Randolph would make sense for several teams, notably Dallas and Denver.

Curry would also make sense for several teams, including Atlanta and Chicago.

A deal that is good for two teams can be made.
Get real

Jamaica, NY

#17 May 10, 2008
He has a pulse and he's not Isaiah. We're already on the right track here, eh guys?
Fed Up

Lake Orion, MI

#18 May 11, 2008
This is just the wrong hire. D'Antoni couldn't get out of the first round with a Hall of Fame point guard and a team loaded with talented players. When the Suns wanted him to change his style to include DEFENSE, his ego took hold and he refused to change what is obviously a failed system for winning a championship. New York will eat this guy up. Totally the wrong guy. You have to wonder what Walsh is thinking.
bill

Spencer, NY

#20 May 11, 2008
You have to coach what you have. D'Antoni has been successful in the NBA and in the Italian League (2 championships). The Suns players didn't seem interested in playing defense. Maybe D'Antoni went with their strength. Pushing Shaq on the team this year is what killed them. He's done. I think D'Antoni will be fine. Vescey of the Post thinks it's the wrong move. For that reason alone, I think it's the right one. Vescey is a punk.
John

East Quogue, NY

#21 May 11, 2008
I don't think this will work out. Knicks need a defense-oriented coach. They don't have the talent for an offense-oreinted style. If you took Steve Nash away, D'Antoni probably wouldn't win in Phoenix either.

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