Thursday , Dec , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson a Fan of Mike D’Antoni’s Offence

Mike D’Antoni and Phil Jackson have radically different playbooks and coaching styles, but Jackson, a former Knick, praised D’Antoni’s work so far. “The friends that I have that are still alive back there, that aren’t passed away from old age, are saying this is kind of fun to watch,” Jackson said. Critics of the run-and-gun game say that it is only effective in the regular season and cannot be used to win championships. Jackson, who has won nine titles as a coach, disagreed, referring to D’Antoni’s four-year run with the Phoenix Suns. “Even though they never got through the finals in the West, they got there a couple times and they were effective,” he said.