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    Nyk Logo Donnie Walsh questions if MDA is right for Knicks; coach could bolt for Toronto

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has never said he is looking to make a coaching move, but perhaps [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] will make one for him.
    D'Antoni, entering the final year of his contract as [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] coach, could emerge as a candidate in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], where the Raptors announced Wednesday that coach [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] will not return.
    Toronto president [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has a good history with D'Antoni from their time with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Colangelo hired D'Antoni and together they transformed the Suns into one of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s most successful and entertaining teams.
    "I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years," Colangelo said in a release Wednesday.
    Coincidentally, the one knock on D'Antoni's teams is that they don't focus enough on defense. During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Colangelo said he wanted an experienced coach and one with a "defensive-minded" perspective.
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] would be an obvious choice but the former Knicks coach and current ABC/[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] analyst is happy in his current role. According to a source, Van Gundy wants to wait at least another year before he returns to coaching.
    As of Wednesday, Colangelo had not asked the Knicks for permission to speak with D'Antoni, who is hoping to remain in the New York area until his son graduates high school in two years.
    However, the Knicks have given no indication that they are open to negotiating a new deal with D'Antoni. Sources close to Walsh claim that the team president has privately questioned whether D'Antoni's system is the right fit for the Knicks.
    Walsh's most successful clubs with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] were good halfcourt teams, both offensively and defensively. The News reported in April that Walsh may insist that D'Antoni revamp his staff to hire an assistant coach in charge of defense. In the past, D'Antoni has been reluctant to make such a hire. In Phoenix, he refused [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s request to make current [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] head man [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] his defensive coach.
    After losing at least 50 games in his first two seasons, D'Antoni guided the Knicks to a 42-40 record this year. It was their first winning season in 10 years. However, the Knicks were swept by the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in the first round of the playoffs and several veteran players began to question the coach.
    The pending lockout suggests that D'Antoni will remain in New York for at least one more year. Also, Walsh may feel obligated to give D'Antoni a full training camp to prove what he can do with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and late-season pickups [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    Should D'Antoni leave for another job or get fired, there are viable candidates available to replace him, including [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], who is a finalist for the Golden State job. There is also a report that the Knicks may pursue
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    Walsh knows keeping MOA isnt going to turn out well. Deep down he has to know.

    Its like you know you gotta break up with you girlfriend. You know if you hook up with her one last time it aint going to go well.

    Some men are strong enough not to do it, some arent. Walsh please let it go...

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    MDA is going no where. Donnie will not fire him. Secondly if Donnie fires MDA now, with Mike Brown just getting hired......I mean WHAT THE HELL?

    Personally I dont like any other coach out there but Lawrence Frank. I would find an assistant coach who is under a great coach now. Get me someone from Popovich staff. I would interview Ewing. Check him out.

    But MDA is staying one more year.

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    Originally Posted by nuckles2k2
    LOOOOOOOOOOOL

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    Rick Pitino, baby.

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    Originally Posted by Blumatic
    MDA is going no where. Donnie will not fire him. Secondly if Donnie fires MDA now, with Mike Brown just getting hired......I mean WHAT THE HELL?

    Personally I dont like any other coach out there but Lawrence Frank. I would find an assistant coach who is under a great coach now. Get me someone from Popovich staff. I would interview Ewing. Check him out.

    But MDA is staying one more year.
    Bill Laimbeer baby!!!

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    Originally Posted by Clyde & The Pearl
    Bill Laimbeer baby!!!
    Get him here.

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    Bring in The Dream with him to help work with our bigs. We'll be unstoppable...

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    I'm still all for Marc Jackson.

    He has a passion to coach.

    He'll hire a very strong team of assistant's and he'll preach defense.

    We'll have a small initial offensive playbook, however, that's completely fine with playmakers like Melo/Stat. As long as we have knock down shooters.

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    Originally Posted by ducktales17
    I'm still all for Marc Jackson.

    He has a passion to coach.

    He'll hire a very strong team of assistant's and he'll preach defense.

    We'll have a small initial offensive playbook, however, that's completely fine with playmakers like Melo/Stat. As long as we have knock down shooters.
    Why do you say that DT? I would think the opposite. Jackson should know a thing or two about offense seeing as he was a former floor general. I bet he's got some creative stuff in his bag of tricks.

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    Originally Posted by ronoranina
    Why do you say that DT? I would think the opposite. Jackson should know a thing or two about offense seeing as he was a former floor general. I bet he's got some creative stuff in his bag of tricks.
    You could be right. I wrongly assumed that he wouldn't have a lot of plays because he's never coached before (which may be true). It probably will be condensed regardless if he's got a whole bag of tricks just because it's a completely new coach with a completely new offensive system. The team will have to learn it. Only way to learn it is with game time.

    I do agree in your thoughts that he knows a thing or two about offense. Great PG's usually are great coaches.

    Again, I'm ALL FOR Marc Jackson.

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    Mark Jackson and Chauncey Billups together could coach circles around Mike D'Antoni. As much as D'Antoni's Phoenix teams were successful it's the half-court offense that dominates the East and I recall reading (somewhere) that a Knicks player said that Chauncey, especially when he was injured, was doing far more coaching than D'Antoni was

    That being said I want absolutely no piece of John Calipari on this team. He's yet to prove he's anything better than someone who can wine and dine a bunch of thugs with no brains

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    If you look at our roster now, and the fact that it will have insignificant changes made to it this season, it wouldn't be banner waving to say that MD is not the best coach for this team.

    I, clearly, would be ecstatic if he were to be shown the door.

    1 season (with a good roster 2010 - 2011) of witless substitutions, non-utilisation of the offence within the arc, isolated stars, favouritism and personal conflicting, 4th quarter debacles, not calling time outs, and - for the billionth time -, the league's most predictable and disappointing offence, was enough for me.

    How many failures will be afforded to him?

    I'll have to quote the infamous Red here, by saying:

    REDUCE THE EXCUSE.

    The growing hostility of the Eastern Conference leaves us in a position where mistakes - the likes of Mike's many and varied - are something that we can't afford.

    Having said all that, I strongly believe that MD will be here for the entirety of the next season. Almost makes me hope for a prolonged lockout

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