Mike D'Antoni responded to comments made this week by Amar'e Stoudemire suggesting he had never been taught defense during his entire NBA career.
D'Antoni has been Stoudemire's primary coach between his time with the Suns and Knicks.
ďI think itís great,Ē DíAntoni said Thursday after the Los Angeles Lakersí practice. ďI think itís great that heís listening. He might have forgotten that Mike Woodson was also running the defense the last year I was there, so I donít know if he just didnít pick that year to listen. But Amaríeís great. Sometimes you say things, but hopefully, thatís another step he can take forward and help his game. That would be great.Ē