Mike D’Antoni is made for the West. He certainly wasn’t made for New York.
His whining about the difficulty of coaching a team in New York City was unbearable during his final days with the Knicks.
He looked like a guy who signed only for the money and not the only reason to coach — to try to bring your team to a championship.
The Lakers did the Knicks a favor late Sunday night, opting to make D’Antoni the coach over Phil Jackson, who simply overplayed his Kobe hand. Jackson owns 11 coaching championships and had his way with the Knicks. He would have been able to squeeze out all the talent Kobe Bryant had left while making the most of Dwight Howard, something Mike Brown could not do in the short time given to him.