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I dont think Amare's comments were made to offend Antoni but clearly they did. At the same time Amare should take some accountability for his poor defense throughout his career, alot of its effort and thats something we often havent seen from Stat on defense.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
Its funny how the word "defense" continues to haunt Mike D'antoni, hes been having mini temper tantrums over it since before he came to the Knicks. I also think its funny how this is the 3rd time Amare has been quoted for saying that hes never learned how to play defense going back to his last year in Phoenix after Antoni left