I think I have to explain myself more clearly KIYAMAN. Cuz I think you and other are blinded by your hate for D'antoni.
Now let's leave out Dantoni, cuz if he gets canned. Fine with me. Let's pretend he was fired already and they resign every single player on this team for a guaranteed 10 year contracts.
......you with me...........
THERE IS NO COACH IN THIS WORLD, THAT CAN IMPROVE THIS TEAM. THERE IS NO COACH IN THE WORLD THAT WILL BRING THIS TEAM TO THE PLAYOFFS. NONE. ALL THESE PLAYERS ARE LOCKED FOR 10 YEARS AND NEVER AGE.
YOU CANNOT WIN WITH DUHON AS YOU PG, LEE AS A SHORT ARMED CENTER.
CANNOT WIN WITH HARRINGTON AS YOUR BEST SCORING THREAT. CANT WIN WITHOUT DEFENSIVE PLAYERS.
PAT RIELY COULDNT COACH THIS TEAM, HELL HE HAD A TEAM WITH DWAYNE WADE ON IT AND THEY ARE NOT CONSIDERED ELITE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO PLAYERS BESIDES WADE.
All you guys want is scapegoat. I hope they fire D'antoni and resign all these guys and hire a hall of fame coach (oh yea we did that with Lenny Wilkens and Larry Brown).......
KIYAMAN, dont give me that stupid article. YES HE FAILED. BUT HIS FAILING WAS INEVITABLE. WHy cant you people understand that. Anyone and I mean anyone who took this job 2 years ago was doomed.
Im only frustrated at the fact that people feel that Dantoni is the main problem and not the players. A masterful carpenter cant build a table without adequate tools.
Dont you think if Lebron and wade was here we would win alot more games. Ofcourse.
Now if wanna talk championship, thats different. But we are no where near that. And I cant blame any coach in that position.
Dantoni's a respected coach among the players.... Donnie is a respected GM, these aren't questions..
More than anything else, FA's being skeptical about NYC is going to come from the question of who will actually get signed and what the roster will look like... Everyone, including the players, know the Knick team roster won't look like it does, but what will it look like? It's not like we have a star that makes another star comfortable signing nice and quick...Like perhaps Paul Pierce in Boston for KG and Ray.. One person is going to have to step up and be the first to sign.. barring no talks between players/agents/teams of 'if you go i'll go' type stuff, which is probably bound to happen.
Donnie will have to find a way to assure players that 'if you come, we can bring in...' so that the process can start... cause even though it's inevitable we get some talent, and everyone knows our salary cap position, who will end up going where is up in the air.. a good thing, and something to become hesitant about, hopefully for not too long though in our case...
The only "ties" here is the fact that Kobe's DAD played with Dantoni in Italy. I'm pretty sure Kobe respects him as a fellow basketball figure, but I highly doubt he would sign to a team just because Dantoni is coaching it.
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You should learn to READ in to posts instead of making BOLD assertions in CAPITAL letters.
I was merely disproving lilman's point that D'Antoni would "hinder" 2010 plans "if anything".
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LeBron James: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]One of D'Antoni's biggest fans was the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who grew up in Italy during the height of D'Antoni's European career. When Bryant entered the NBA with the Lakers in 1996, he chose to wear No.8 and it was widely reported that Bryant picked that number because D'Antoni once wore it with Olimpia Milano. -NY Daily News
Joe Johnson: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]eBron was not shy about letting people know about how much he loves D'Antoni. "Asked about being around D'Antoni the past few days, James raved, "It's been great. He's one of the best coaches we have in the league. He's going to bring that style to the East Coast. And I'm very excited for him and very happy for him."
"I have dreamed about playing well in this building," James said. "To me, it has overtaken anything I have dreamed about. To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world is a dream come true to me. It's one of the best things that have ever happened to me." - LeBron James
We’ve got great history together,” he said of his relationship with D’Antoni, for whom he played three seasons in Phoenix, averaging 16.7 and 17.1 points the last two.
“My career really took off with D’Antoni. He pretty much let me free-wheel out there on the court. He’s a great guy and I try to keep in contact with him and his coaching staff.”
There seems to be a reoccuring admiration...wouldn't yuh say? No where in my post does it say that I think this admiration gets us our max guy, but I DO (see I can do capital letters for emphasis as well) believe that Mike D is not "hindering" any attempt at getting a max player. That much is obvious.
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