Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first period, and the Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Lakers 116-107 in coach Mike D’Antoni’s return to Madison Square Garden.
Was Mike D’Antoni’s tenure ultimately a failure? Yes. Does he deserve hate and vitriol from Knicks fans? No way.
Things are going great for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. As for the Lakers and former New York coach Mike D’Antoni? Not so much.
The Knicks were unstoppable in Miami. It was D’Antoni’s system at its best, the only way New York could have won without Carmelo Anthony.
Mike D’Antoni admitted he regretted leaving the Phoenix Suns for the Knicks in 2008.
The Knicks have lost three of four and have gotten sloppy in a number of areas. Mike Woodson got credit for their fast start, but issues have popped up that he needs to address rather quickly if the Knicks want to break out of their slump.
Forget the 24-hour rule — I want to file a missing person report. It seems that Nets backup center Andray Blatche inexplicably disappeared sometime early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 95-90 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night in Mike D’Antoni’s sideline debut.
The Knicks know how to win ugly and well — that’s beautiful.
For those of you out there that hadn’t seen enough from this Knicks team, now you have it. There was almost nothing missing from the Knicks’ win in San Antonio on Thursday night. There is no better win than that.
John Jastremski, Jon Rothstein and John Schmeelk join Sean Hartnett in a roundtable to discuss the journey and growth of Carmelo Anthony.
“I went into an absolute shell for a few months in New York,” Lin said. “I went through a phase when I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to talk to my friends. I didn’t want to give anybody close to me a chance to mess up our relationship.”
The benefits gained from the Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni are endless.
Now that the dust has settled, the Lakers’ decision to hire Mike D’Antoni over proven winner Phil Jackson isn’t any less shocking.
In New York it was all praise, even though Mike D’Antoni resigned last March after failing to win a playoff game in four years with the Knicks.