Wednesday , May , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Want Mike D’Antoni

Donnie Walsh worked behind the scenes in a failed attempt to get Mike D’Antoni added to Isiah Thomas’ coaching staff in Indiana eight years ago. Now, he has a chance to hire D’Antoni to replace Thomas as coach of the Knicks.

D’Antoni has met with the Knicks and Bulls and is waiting for either club to offer him its coaching job, which could happen in the next 48 hours, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Having received permission from Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver and President Steve Kerr to speak with other teams, D’Antoni has wasted no time lining up two potential jobs.

Despite reports to the contrary, neither the Knicks nor the Bulls have made D’Antoni a formal offer, the person familiar with the discussions said. [AZ Central]