But what if one of Dolan's players, a popular one at that, voices a dissenting opinion?
On Monday, Carmelo Anthony was asked every which way to endorse D'Antoni and he answered the questions like a senator caught in a love triangle.
Melo was evasive and non-committal, which was apparently enough to fool some in the media that Dolan's new favorite player believes the Knicks have the right head coach. In fact, the exact opposite is true. According to a person close to Anthony, the player D'Antoni wasn't thrilled about acquiring, is far from convinced that D'Antoni's system is the right fit for his game.
And when Chauncey Billups comes out and says there is no perfect coach and happens to mention that Larry Brown - D'Antoni's polar opposite and Dolan's sworn enemy - is his all-time favorite, I think it's safe to assume that the veteran point guard isn't reading "Seven Seconds or Less" in his spare time.
But I think D'Antoni lives to see another day. With the pending lockout, the Knicks may not want to risk paying two coaches when there may not be any games next season.
Plus, D'Antoni has something neither Brown nor another Hall of Fame coach, Lenny Wilkens, enjoyed during their brief runs in New York: a patient boss.
If you're a coach, you want to work for Donnie Walsh.
Walsh let D'Antoni hire his staff. He doesn't meddle in playing time. And he is patient. Almost to a fault.
This theory that D'Antoni hasn't been given a fair shake is misleading. D'Antoni is now eighth among Knick head coaches in games. He's coached more games than Brown, Wilkens and Don Nelson combined. Those three have a combined winning percentage of .437 as Knick head coach. D'Antoni's winning percentage is .419.
Wilkens was 40-41 and kept the Knicks competitive despite a major February trade. The Knicks went 14-18 after acquiring Anthony from Denver. Wilkens coached Stephon Marbury. D'Antoni has Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo and Chauncey.
D'Antoni has had players. He's had time. Have the conditions been ideal? Welcome to New York.
If D'Antoni wants the job beyond next season (which he may not) he needs to coach defense, have his team better prepared and hold all of his players accountable.
Oh yeah, he also better start winning.
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