Playing Down the Past, the Knicks Say D’Antoni Has a Bright Future in L.A.

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The Knicks answered the questions in diplomatic fashion. They spoke highly of Mike D’Antoni, their former coach who resigned last March. They used words like respect, genius and fantastic.

Although the Knicks are 4-0 under Coach Mike Woodson, D’Antoni’s name was uttered once again at the team’s practice facility after the Los Angeles Lakers hired him late Sunday to replace Mike Brown, who was fired last week.

“I’m very excited for him,” said Woodson, who was an assistant under D’Antoni last season. “I think he’s a guy that’s meant to be a coach. He’s done great things over the years. I think he’ll do extremely well there.”

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Playing Down the Past, the Knicks Say D’Antoni Has a Bright Future in L.A.