As we all know, the New York Knicks are the worst team in NBA history, there is no chance they will ever get any better and it’s impossible that they’ll be able to make things work with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire on the same team. This much is unquestionably true and in no way hyperbolic.
Because they are the worst team ever, Mike D’Antoni’s job is on the line because it’s certainly not the front office’s fault that this team doesn’t have pieces that complement each other. And he knows it. From the New York Daily News:
“The only thing (Tuesday night) proved is that I can get one good night’s sleep,” D’Antoni said after practice Wednesday in Greenburgh. “That’s the only thing that happened. We’re still 8-13, and the posse is after me. I’m running as fast as I can run. And hopefully I can turn the posse into a parade. That’s my focus, and I’m working as hard as I can work.”
It’s just like that old saying — when life hands you a Melo, make Melonade. Or something like that. You know what I’m getting at.
As it stands, Baron Davis is the only thing saving Mike D’Antoni’s job. He has until Baron returns to right the ship, then if things stay sub-.500, see ya. That’s a scary place to be considering Baron hasn’t exactly been coach-friendly in the past. D’Antoni knows this is his last saving grace and it seems like he’s going to do whatever he can to save his job. It’s like when you clean your room super fast when your mom is on your way home, hoping you’ll get it done before she arrives so you don’t get in trouble. (Totally killing these analogies right now.)
Like I said, if you’re relying on Baron Davis — who, by the way, is sitting out of practices because of soreness — to save your job, things are bad. I’m not saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying I wouldn’t want to be the one betting on it.
(via I Am a GM)