When Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers visit the Garden Dec. 13, the Knicks’ former coach hopes it will be a preview of the NBA Finals. It would be a renewal of the Finals matchup 40 years ago when the Knicks and Lakers faced off and Red Holzman won the franchise’s last title.
“I couldn’t agree to a better scenario, especially from the Lakers’ side,’’ D’Antoni told The Post yesterday via phone from his Westchester home. “That would be super.’’
D’Antoni, who resigned as Knicks coach last March because he felt he couldn’t coach Carmelo Anthony, thinks Mike Woodson’s club is for real. But while D’Antoni is hoping for a possible Los Angeles debut Sunday against the Rockets and Jeremy Lin, the man many thought would get the Laker job again, Phil Jackson, and his camp were steamed by what the 11-time championship coach called “slimy” treatment by the Lakers.