Saturday , May , 17 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mike D’Antoni: We’re Aiming for Playoffs

Although the stated goal the next two years is to dip under the salary cap for the 2010 free-agent class headed by LeBron James, D’Antoni said he wants no part of the lottery next year.

D’Antoni, who will represent the Knicks on the Secaucus dais Tuesday, realizes 39 wins is all it might take in the downtrodden East.

"We have to compete for the playoffs," D’Antoni told The Post yesterday in a phone interview from Phoenix. "Hopefully the East stays that way and it doesn’t go where teams are winning games all over the place. We need to try to get in. If it doesn’t happen, I’d be disappointed. There’s no guarantees, but me personally, I would be very upset." [New York Post]