Mike D’Antoni Rumors
Mike D’Antoni told ESPN about the Warriors. “You’re not gonna stop them. It’s just not gonna happen. They’re not gonna stop us, either.” The dismissive tone in Green’s voice grew louder after a reporter relayed D’Antoni’s quote. “I don’t know how serious they take defense with that comment,” Green said, shaking his head. “But they added some good defensive players.”
It doesn’t matter now, but Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says he would have been fine with coaching Carmelo Anthony in Houston. “Oh yeah. We all get a little bit, hopefully, better at what we do. And it’s a whole different situation and we know that James (Harden) and Chris (Paul) are good friends (of Carmelo’s) so it’s a whole different thing,” D’Antoni said Monday. “Actually after New York, we went to USA Baskteball and we won a gold medal again so it’s not like it’s anything new.” Anthony and D’Antoni weren’t exactly on the same page at the end of D’Antoni’s Knicks tenure. D’Antoni acknowledged in an ESPN The Magazine story that he quit in 2012 after Anthony told the team it needed to choose between he and D’Antoni. Anthony’s preferred trade destination over the summer was Houston, but he ended up being dealt to Oklahoma City.
As much as Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni would rather not have the potential distraction that could come with former Rockets coach Kevin McHale’s criticism of James Harden’s leadership and Harden’s strong rebuttal, he said that dealing with those sorts of public issues has become part of the job. “It’s hard in modern society with … social media. It’s tough,” D’Antoni said. “It’s the new way of doing things and players have to deal with it. Coaches got to deal with it. We try to stay locked in as much as we can, knowing it’s not always going to be that way. And we just move on. “We’re using the same motto we used last year; ‘So what, what’s next.’ We were successful with that last year and we’ll try to do that again.”
Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni’s reaction to Kevin McHale saying James Harden is not a leader: “All I can do is talk about my experience, and he’s been unbelievably great. Obviously I got Coach of the Year last year because of him and the other 10 guys on the team. He’s been great with everything I asked. I asked a lot of him last year. I asked him to be the point guard, I asked him to talk in D, I asked a lot of things and he responded great. We had great chemistry. He’s the first one to get them all together in the summer time or take them out during the year to keep the team together. So I didn’t see it. He’s been great for me.”