Mike D’Antoni was a great offensive mind? I never saw what everyone else was looking at. His reluctant attitude towards adjusting his system and adding talent to help the team was mind boggling. His stubbornness in working with his General Managers Steve Kerr and now Glen Grunwald in Phoenix and New York showed me his poor communication skills. Marc Berman’s report on the Pablo Prigioni story was just another red flag that made me feel that I was right.
” The Post reported in July the Knicks had Prigioni on their radar for four years. According to multiple sources, Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and European scout Kevin Wilson wanted to sign Prigioni, but never made an offer because of D’Antoni’s reluctance. Sources said D’Antoni felt Prigioni was a third-stringer and didn’t have the speed to make an NBA rotation.”
If you look into his judgement of talent and how he forced his players into his system just proves to the NBA and me that D’Antoni is not a great coach, but the result of Steve Nash and a young Amare Stoudemire who catapulted the Suns to a powerhouse. Without the young future hall of famer Steve Nash, Mike D’Antoni is just a below average coach without flexibility and a horrible judge of talent.
Remember he picked Chris Duhon as his point guard when he first got to NY and relegated a rejuvenated Stephon Marbury to the bench and now it comes out that he had no interest in Pablo to wear a Knicks uniform. Are you gonna tell me that Pablo couldn’t help an exhausted Chris Duhon? This is the same coach who never wanted Melo here and gave the keys to Jeremy Lin, which resulted in Melo being pushed into the corner so Lin could run his system.
Countless players have been on the Knicks radar since he first joined the team as head coach and I am sure there are many more that we will never know about. We all should thank Glen Grunwald for being the GM and keeping a level head. Otherwise this team would be a blueprint (without the talent) of a Phoenix Suns team and at the bottom of the league in defense, as well as poorly disciplined in every way. His system only works when he has the perfect players, just ask NY and LA, they can tell to you what I am saying. I have said it countless times, Mike D does not adjust his system to his players skills but forces his players to adjust to his system. The great coaches adjust their systems to the skill-set of their players and build around that. The best example is Pat Riley from LA to NY.
Peter A – Knickswag