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Thursday, December 13, 2012
D'Antoni booed in return to the Garden

By Ian Begley

As expected, ex-Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni was booed lustily by the Madison Square Garden crowd on Thursday night during introductions prior to the Knicks-Lakers game.

D'Antoni had a rocky three-and-a-half season tenure in New York. He resigned last March after reported a clash with Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks opened the 2011-12 season 18-24 under D'Antoni. They finished the regular season 18-6 under Mike Woodson, D'Antoni's replacement.

The Knicks entered play Thursday 34-11 under Woodson in the regular season.

The Lakers are 4-8 under D'Antoni.

D'Antoni may have gotten a rise out of the Garden crowd when he told ESPN Los Angeles recently that he "shouldn't have gone to New York."

He later clarified that he meant he regretted leaving Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns.