Mike D'Antoni is a good coach, but I don't think he belongs on the Knicks. Patrick Ewing deserved the head coaching job more than he did. D'Antoni's doing the best he can, with the team he has, but it's partially his fault why the team is struggling. He had a chance to turn this team into a playoff team this year, had he drafted Brook Lopez and played Marbury with Duhon in the backcourt. The Knicks are only a couple of games behind the 8th seed. The Knicks could have easily won the extra 2 or 3 games, with a lineup of Duhon, Starbury, Chandler, Randolph or Lee, and Lopez, with Robinson, Harrington or Crawford, and Jeffries off the bench.
The question is, is Mike D'antoni capable of coaching this team to a championship with the right players? Or does he not coach enough defense?
I can see a good argument both ways. Phoenix came very close a couple times to beating the Spurs, if the suspensions didnt happen 2 years ago who knows what would have happened.
I dont like D'antoni as a person. I think hes a jerk and hes too tense. I hate watching some of his interviews. We dont exactly have the best players here right now, so as much as I would like to say hes not the right man for the job, i cant provide enough evidence to back that up.
The only thing I can do is bring up the team from 2 years ago that won 33 games under Isiah Thomas...a team that probably would have won 3 to 5 more games and maybe made the playoffs if it wasnt for injuries. And in no way am I defending Isiah, but which roster was better? The team from 2 years ago...
Is that team better then our current roster?
Looking at that roster, the first thing i notice is the credit Marbury deserves for helping Curry average 19.5 points, and almost leading that team to the playoffs. They probably would have been in if it wasnt for injuries. Marbury played his heart out that year, which knicks fans quickly forgot. I never liked him that much myself prior to that year.
Back on topic...I like the current roster more.
Nate and Lee are older, and better
Harrington >> Crawford
Frye is useless
We didnt have Wilson Chandler
The only thing that I dont like more about our current roster is that we have an average point guard (Duhon) running the team, instead of Starbury. But other then that...
Will the Knicks win 9 more games and tie our record from 2 years ago?
Is that a valid method of measuring how good of a coach D'antoni is?
I think No-D'Antoni is a decent coach, bringing out the best offense in his players. However, any coach who thinks offense wins games, is off his rocker. Any sports fan, no matter what sport, knows defense wins games.
Is it D'Antoni's doing the Knicks chose Gallo over Eric Gordon, who is starting to look like a superstar PG? No-D'ant would have been killed by the Italian mafia if he didn't pick his godson as the #6 pick in the draft. Not his fault.
Is it D'Antoni's fault Walsh traded our 2 highest scoring players a couple weeks into the season, agreeing to take on Mobley without medical conditions? That ruined anything the Knicks had going on to that point. When we finally got our act together, we were hit by the offensive powerhouses of the league (Kobe, Lebron, Celts), just too much for a non-defensive team. No wonder Wade walked over us.
Is it D'Antoni's fault that he refused to play Marbury (even Walsh was surprised) to make him tradeable? Asking Steph to play only because we were short on players was a major diss to Steph, and the fact that we paid him close to a full salary for doing absolutely nothing is a joke. You have to blame Walsh for not discussing with No-D'Antoni the Marbury situation before the year started. How many players in the league, being paid $20Million a year, would have been benched, because the team is going in a different direction? What does that mean?
WHAT DIRECTION ARE WE HEADED MIKEY? No-D'antoni has never made that clear, how has not playing Stephon in the first place been consistent with any winning direction? The Celtics paid 1.3 million for a 20/8 superstar, now THAT is a team with a winning mentality. I just can't stand watching Marbury do well for another team, much less the hated Celtics.
I am SO MAD!
Although I don't like D'Antoni, he's better than Isiah ever was. But then again, Isiah was not supposed to coach in the first place. Another bonehead Dolan move to avoid paying a new coach. I blame Dolan for everything... he's the one who should be fired.
As for the comparison of the Knicks from 2 years ago to the Knicks of today.It is obvious that the 2006-07 Knicks were a lot more talented than today's Knicks.
When Marbury was putting his team above himself he did a much better job than what Chris Duhon is doing now.No knock on Duhon but Marbury wins by a landslide.
Crawford and Harrington are basically the same, they take terrible shots and they're ball hogs that seem to go on more bad shooting streaks than they do good ones.
Chandler and Q-rich are a lot better than Frye but what NBA player isn't better than Frye.
Eddie Curry at his best was better than anyone that we put at the center position now.No knock on David Lee but knick fans know that he is more of a power forward.
Balkman was a nice defensive player for the Knicks during his rookie year and I would take his defense over Gallinari's offense any day of the week.
David Lee and Nate Robinson are much developed players now like you mentioned before.Even the Jared Jeffries of today is playing a lot better than the one of back then.
The rest of the 2006-07 roster was a joke.You had guys like Cato,Rose and Morris that were taking up space on the bench and you had one of Isiah's dumb moves in Steve Francis who was one of the biggest busts in NBA history.I'm glad that the guy turned out to have such a miserable career after peeing on the Grizzlies organization during the 99' NBA draft.
The combination of Marbury and Curry is a lot better than the combination of Duhon and Lee.As much as I like the talent that the NYK have on their team they are about 5 wins worse than the 2006-07 team.It was bad luck for Isiah Thomas when they suffered through late season injuries.It would of been interesting to watch the Knicks take on the 1st place Pistons in the first round but I guess the past was meant to be for the NYK and their fans.
Some of you people are absolutely rediculous. Yea lets fire the coach who has gotten a whole team of role players to play fairly well this season. In reality we don't even have a player who would be a second option on a good team playing on our roster. In my book we've over achieved immensely.
Go read some posts from the summer where everybody was predicting we would be a 30 win team. Hey fellas we are going to end up somehwere in the 30's and considering we were the laughing stock on the league last year thats a step in the right direction. Last year half the games were over at halftime. This team battles atleast. Despite all our defeciencies as a team were in every game. This is a league of superstars and we don't have a superstar.
Walsh and D'Antoni have devolped the young guys, gave us cap space, and have started to remove the stains of the last regime. But hey lets fire the coach and GM because this team was supposed to magically make the finals this year??? Get the **** outta here people start using your heads.
People were so caught up in making the 8th seed that they were blinded. IN reality who cares if we make the 8th seed and get swept by Lebron. Lets hope to get lucky in the lottery and add another piece to the puzzle.
Stop living in the past... Marbury, Isiah, Channing fyre, Crawford, Randolph are gone. Enjoy the rebuilding process and get ready for the rebirth. And don't hate for the sole pupose of hating.