I'm convinced Mike D'antoni is one of the worst coaches I've ever seen. Maybe not for the NBA (his gameplan may work for some teams), but the worst coach for the Knicks franchise.
1. The Knicks have 1 legitimate center on their roster. 1 being Eddy Curry. He's not hurt, not injured. While the Knicks lost 8 straight games, and got outrebounded, let opponents shoot close to 70% in the paint, not once did he take the only option on the team off the bench to at least clog the paint. This shows a commitment to being an ass. Don't let your ego cost the team.
2. He has shown a continuious lack of respect for his players. Players need to have respect for coaches, but coaches must have a respect for players as well. This guy has none.
3. He is not a very good coach. Isaiah Thomas coached a bad team as well when he got to the Knicks. He wasn't even heralded as a good coach. But he got the Knicks to the playoffs. This was with guys like Howard Eisley and Clarence Weatherspoon playing minutes. D'antoni hasn't sniffed the playoffs and shouldn't be rewarded with better players next year to ruin another season with some all offense no defense philosophy.
4. D'antoni has lobbied for Galanari, Jordan Hill, and Chris Duhon. He personally picked Duhon when he exiled Stephon Marbury just last season. Now Duhon is not only not a starter, but he won't take him off the bench! How bad of a judge of talent do you have to be, before you get your "I want my guys" card revoked?
5. He's not a NY coach. To coach the Knicks you have to have several traits. You've got to be defensive, scrappy, tough, hard nosed. Off the top of my head I can think of Mark Jackson, Chris Mullin, Sam Mitchell, Avery Johnson, Jeff Vangundy. These are guys that would coach well in the NBA in NY. D'antoni has made his bread playing and coaching overseas, and that's the way he models his coaching. To tailor to a softer league with more free gameplay and no defense. Maybe he should go coach back in Italy, because I want a coach that knows what it means to be in NY.
6. I just finished watching a Knicks/Wizards game. For the second time in 3 games the Knicks blew a 3 point lead with less than 10 seconds to go. What is the simple solution to hold a 3 point lead with 10 seconds left? Foul the player with the ball before he can shoot, and even if he makes both your team is still up by 1, with possesion of the ball. Well, apparently Mike D'antoni who is being paid millions hasn't figured this out, because in his gameplanning, the Knicks lost 1 and barely escaped the 2nd in that exact situation. Both times shooters get free and knock down a 3. Kevin Durant one day, and less than 7 days later Nick Young. He's coached them to a .500 record in 2 games that they should have won easily. That screams "Fire me!!!! I don't know what I'm doing."
7. There is this belief that I've heard from Donnie Walsh's lips that D'antoni has to suffer through 2 bad seasons before the Knicks can get some top level players. So he deserves a shot to coach a better team with a superstar or two on it. Well by that logic, I've seen Herb Williams be the assistant coach through Don Nelson, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Brown, and now D'antoni. Maybe he should get the shot at coaching next year as he's suffered through 10 losing seasons as the assistant coach.
8. He's lost this team, and it's time to go in a differant direction. The players, the fans, and anyone who can watch MSG can see it. If all the players are auditioning for contracts for next season, maybe a new coach should as well. I say fire D'antoni, and see what Herb Williams can coach them to in the next 26 games. If they make it .500 on games, I say keep him as head coach, he's earned it. Anyone is better than Mike D'antoni, and the sooner we all figure that out the better.
9. D'antoni didn't win or even get to a finals appearance with the league MVP in Steve Nash, and the top 3 PF in Amare Stoudamire. If a guy couldn't do it in multiple seasons with two of the best players at their position over multiple years in Phoenix, what in the world would make you think he can get a Knicks team to the finals on the east coast?
10. He's enamored with guards. He was a PG, he is very much about guards. If he could he would play 82 games with 4 guards and 1 guy to catch a rebound. When he gets post players, he only likes the ones that play like guards. The Knicks need someone who isn't so 1 dimensional in his thinking.
Let's get a petition together to vote this coach off the island. Who's with me on this Knicks fans?