Stephen A.: There IS a D in D'Antoni

January, 12, 2012
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To say the New York Knicks have been pathetic defensively since the day Mike D'Antoni arrived is tantamount to saying there's always congestion on Broadway. It's something everyone knows. Something everyone accepted a long, long time ago. More importantly, it's something everyone expects, especially with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on this roster, despite their vehement commitments to change.

But as we sit here today, in the aftermath of the Knicks' 85-79 victory over the exhausted Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, it's hard to ignore what is transpiring in these renovated corridors.

"We're playing defense," rookie Iman Shumpert said.


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ESPNNewYork.com columnist
Stephen A. Smith is a featured columnist for ESPNNewYork.com, a co-host on First Take" and a regular on "SportsCenter."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2