Mike D’Antoni – Knicks > Bulls

You probably heard about Mike D’Antoni’s new coaching gig at the Madison Square Garden. 24 mil/4 years for trying to get the Knicks back in the playoffs. This is a verbal agreement and nothing got signed, but it is only a matter of time.

We all agree that he is one of the better coaches when talking about fastbreaks and transition offense. Like most coaches, he isn’t limited to coaching one style – we will see what he can do in the half-court soon – or do you think he will get Curry and Randolph to run up and down the court?

A lil video – Suns players talking about their coach:

Nash at 1:51

The only thing I don’t get when reading blogs or stuff on sports websites is why most writers think he should have signed with the Bulls. Do you think the Knicks are more of a mess than the Bulls? You are right, of course they are. But are the Bulls doing everything they can to close the gap? Yes, they do. You know, giving large contracts to declining players (Ben Wallace), destroying the team from within with trade rumors (Kobe Bryant) and trading overpaid players for other overpaid players (Larry Hughes)…

Going from championship contender (not really, but most so-called experts had them advancing to the finals in last years playoffs) to 33 wins in one season is horrible. This can happen if one or more of your key players are injured, but they were healthy all year.

I don’t get why coaching the Bulls would be better. Because of young talent? Joakim Noah? Tyrus Thomas? Thabo Sefolosha? JamesOn Curry? Luol Deng? Ben Gordon? Yup, your homeless man’s Atlanta Hawks. Could D’Antoni form them into a decent team? Of course, but they couldn’t compete with anyone in the long run. Still more than the Knicks could offer, but not even close to convincing me that they could make something great happen. (Did you notice I left Hinrich of that team? Neither did I. They should trade him as long as he is worth a little something. Same goes for Larry Hughes. They earn a combined 23 mil next year.)

I’m not so sure that it was the best move for Mike, but it is a great move for the Knicks. D’Antoni is a very likeable coach and he knows how to handle journalists. Don’t think about next year, you can’t do much, but they will have expiring contracts they can build something on.

Next season:

  • Stephon Marbury: 22 mil (unless they buy him out or something)
  • Malik Rose: 8 mil

30 mil worth of expiring contracts and you know that GMs are in love with expiring contracts. The Knicks can’t offer anything else, but that is at least something to start with.


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