I always thought the Dantoni hiring was a bit out of place for Walsh. Those Pacer teams that battled the Knicks in the 90s is the type of basketball DW believes in. Clearly he was somehow forced to hire Dantoni (for a good reason) but ultimately things wouldn't work in terms of winning. NYC is not the town for MDA. We come from a history of defensive teams and that's what we expect first and foremost. You can't just pretend in this city. We expect too much and you will be severely exposed, a la MDA.
MDA would be better suited in a small market team where the fan base is not as huge and they are just happy with exciting run and gun basketball.