I not mad at D'antoni for the -1 rating for Melo and Stat because honestly we're starting from scratch with 2 stars. The Knicks best chance to have been a good team now left with Lebron to South Beach and the 2012 CBA. Also they need to play together more to figure they’re game out more.
We all know you need at least 2 stars to win championship. The Knicks had great/decent starters but let’s be honest we blinked first in the Melo deal (mostly I blame the media for making it seem Melo was G.O.A.T). The knicks traded our starters took Denvers roleplayers and benchwarmers and people are pissed at D'antoni only?! Billups is a great but you can make a good argument that he isn’t 6 million dollars better than Felton.
Don't get me wrong D'antoni is not a great coach. His statements after losses often prove that. His belief that a tall SF who has a good 3pt shot is better as a center than Turiaf & Sheldon Williams shows he isn't a great Coach. But lets be honest here this slump isn't just coaching its personnel as well. Why are the Knicks not trying to bring someone from the D league in? I don’t know. Why are they're rumors we're gonna resign Billups when we're gonna need every dollar possible to rebuild the roster? That’s beyond me.
Anyhow look the cav/pacer game showed that we don't play defense..... What is new about that? The fact that any combo of 2 decent bigs can knock Stat off his game is old news as well. No what the Cav games also show that if a team has decent talent in their starting roster and bench they can out play us even without 2 good bigs. The Pacer game just was a back to back display of all the Knicks old weaknesses including their new weakness of lack of depth.
The knicks were out coached, they played no defense, lacked overall talent, they lacked size at the C and our 2 stars still don't like to pass when doubled (a common occurrence with all non Pg stars). Yet the majority of the fans think firing the coach now will fix this?! D'antoni won't be fired until earliest next year. This year was a wrap after the trade because outside of 3-4 guys on the team the rest are rotation /bench warmers. Anyhow we just got to make 8th seed and his job will be secure and he knows it. The Knicks went from the 2010 plan to the 2012-2013 plan. Hopefully he won’t be re-signed by the Knicks.