Tuesday , May , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Knicks Laugh When Asked if D’Antoni Practices Defense

When you talk to Suns officials they mostly have good things to say about D’Antoni. The biggest knocks I heard when I covered the Suns-Blazers series is that D’Antoni is stubborn and that he doesn’t emphasize defense. We’ve all seen that firsthand.

Mike denies all charges even though when you ask some Knick players if they ever practice defense they’ll laugh and say "are you kidding me."

This should be a powerful lesson for the Knicks and their head coach. The Suns have proven they can win without D’Antoni but D’Antoni has yet to prove he can win without the Suns. He’ll get players this summer. Maybe even LeBron James will come. But it’s not just about upgrading the roster. It’s about D’Antoni admitting that the one fatal flaw to his system is that his teams don’t defend and doing something about it.

With the money the Knicks have there is no reason why they can’t hire a defensive coach. Heck, the Knicks are one of the few teams that don’t employ an advance scout. How has that worked out for them? 

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