Frustration Starting To Show Over Knicks’ Mike D’Antoni

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Knicks held a positivity pow wow in the locker room on Sunday after their four-game sweep out of the NBA Playoffs. On Monday, the mood on WFAN was quite different.

“They will never win a thing with (Mike D’Antoni),” midday show co-host Joe Benigno said. “This head coach, he is brutal. He’s brutal!”

The Knicks shot 34 percent against the Celtics in Game 4, capping a quick exit from their first postseason appearance in seven years. They were also swept back in 2004, which means New York hasn’t won a playoff game in 10 years. The frustration is starting to show.

“Where was the intensity on defense all night long? Was that team ready to play?” Benigno seethed. “I never see D’Antoni ever get at mad at his team. Everything is always ‘We can fix it, we’re OK, we’re this, we’re that.’ Does he even yell at this team in the locker room? Who knows. I don’t know. You never hear about it.”

D’Antoni has been under fire all year long for a perceived lack of defense. But caller “Rich from Queens” wants to know where D’Antoni’s offense has been hiding.

“Where is the offensive scheme from this guy?” he asked Benigno and Evan Roberts. “They don’t make threes, they never are inside. I mean, they don’t make any adjustments at all.”

LISTEN: Joe’s epic rant on Mike D’Antoni

Roberts was also critical of D’Antoni, but wouldn’t call for the head coach’s job.

“If you were a Knicks fan you would be screaming about this,” said Benigno.

Roberts replied: “I’d probably be screaming about him, but I wouldn’t call for him to be fired.”

New York went 42-40 this season, ending a franchise-worst streak of nine straight losing seasons. In three seasons, D’Antoni has led the Knicks to a 103-143 record.

“Get him out. I’m gonna say this again. They will never approach championship level with this guy.”

Should the Knicks can D’Antoni? Make yourself heard in the comments below…

  • sandbaggy

    The problem here is that Marshmelo likes to dominate the ball and he’s too fat to play uptempo. You can’t fire Marshmelo, so you have to fire D’Antoni.

    All the blather about defense is just that, blather. No team that features Stoudemire and Marshmelo is ever going to be good defensively.

    Anyway, it’s only been 38 years since the last title, so it’s not like any of this is an urgent matter.

  • Harold St.Louis

    I do not think D’Antoni is the right coach for this team. I am not looking at the fact that the team itself isn’t very good right now. He is constantly getting out coached. It is just clear that he does not have a feel for this team and he is not a motivator. I would much rather have Mark Jackson as the coach. I can see he has the ability to be a motavator to get the best out of his players, he is smart, and has a Knick history. Just listen to game he did yesterday. He questioned why D’Antoni wasn’t playing Carter. Finally he puts him in 3rd quarter when the Knicks were down 25. They went on a run because of Carter but it was too late. Not to say they would have won the game or series with this team. But least with Mark Jackson as coach this series would have went 6 and made them look respectible and better going forward.

  • Nate Bowman

    The signature of this franchise has been DEFENSE. The Garden fans invented the chant. It was the foundation of the championship caliber teams of the late 60’s, early 70’s, as well the 90’s teams built by Pat Riley. How in the world Donnie Walsh – a self-termed life-time Knick fan could hire a coach with absolutely no use for defense is beyond me.

    This coach needs to be replaced by someone who understands what this franchise is all about. Actually – so does the owner while we’re at it…

  • Phil

    D’Antonio should be fired, he hardly ever screams at his players if they do something wrong. How many Boston players were taking shots with no one
    even trying to contest there shots! I think he should go back to coaching in
    Europe where defense is non existant. Three names to consider to take over
    as coach is JVG and action Jackson as his assistant so he will gain experience
    under him. The other guy to consider is Labron James old coach in Cleavland
    Brown all of them are excellent choices and will preach Defense.

  • Shale

    I don’t think they really would have won more with a different coach this year. That being said, I don’t think MDA can get them further than this. To advance further they need intensity and defense. MDA brings neither. So, if there’s a viable candidate out there, I think you have to go for it.

  • JoeyMaz

    Five years, may as well make it 10 with Dantoni. The Boomer & Carton shills for MSG/SNY will never say anything bad about a decades-long losing streak since their paycheck come from Dolan. Why should anyone else in NY feel bad about it.

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