Thursday, February 2, 2012
D'Antoni: 'The posse is after me'
By Ian Begley
Is Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni is feeling the heat? Well, he sure realizes his job is in jeopardy. That much was clear when he answered a question about feeling any relief after Tuesday's win over Detroit.
"The only thing [Tuesday] night proved is I could get one good night's sleep this week," D'Antoni said. "That's the only thing that happened. Other than that, we're still 8-13 and the posse is after me, so I'm running as fast as I can run. Hopefully I can turn this posse into a parade. That's my focus. I'm working as hard as I can work."
D'Antoni is in the final year of his contract and there has been speculation surrounding his job status since the beginning of the season. That only intensified as the Knicks lost nine out of 10 games in January.
They beat Detroit -- one of the worst teams in the NBA. But the Knicks face a tougher test beginning Thursday, when they host the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls game is the first of three straight for the Knicks. They travel to Boston on Friday and then come home to host New Jersey on Saturday.
One report in "The Daily" stated that D'Antoni would be fired by owner James Dolan on Sunday if the Knicks lost to Chicago and Boston so the Knicks could avoid a media firestorm with the Giants in the Super Bowl.
But the popular belief is that D'Antoni will get a chance to coach a healthy Baron Davis. Davis is dealing with a back injury. He missed a practice and shoot around earlier this week and has not been able to take contact due to lingering soreness in his back.