Saturday , Mar , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Mike D’Antoni to Knick fans: ‘Take Some Prozac’

You know, take some Prozac or something. Hang in there. We’re hanging in there." … He acknowledged "some deficiencies, some holes," particularly on defense — a weakness that has been demonstrably worse since the trade. "The biggest thing is not to panic," D’Antoni said, adding, "We’re not as good as we will be."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To be fair, Mike D’Antoni has a sense of humor. And he was probably joking when commenting on New York Knick fans.

Here’s the problem: the Knicks have been bad for a long, long time.

Before this season, the Madison Square Garden faithful put up with several years of cutting salary, so the team could become a force in The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010.

Before that, there was Isiah Thomas’ Reign of Terror. Thomas destroyed the Knicks both on and off the court, turning this classic franchise into a league laughingstock.

So 2011 is the first time the Knicks have been relevant in a decade. For instance, today I went food shopping and looked at February’s Slam with Amar’e Stoudemire on the cover.

I was shocked to discover no Knick had graced Slam’s cover since Latrell Sprewell arrived in New York in 1999. That’s a long time.

Knick fans have been put up with a lot. They have every right to be nervous and patient. And D’Antoni has to accept this.

–Oly Sandor.


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