Discussion in 'Phoenix Suns' started by Mainstreet, Oct 5, 2019.
He had a lot of faults, but there was a good 5 or 6 year period where D’Antoni was pretty likable.
I liked him his first year, his second year did one of the greatest coaching jobs ever with that Amare-less team that got within 2 games of the Finals, but once he started feeling pressure in that third year, I start3d to loathe him. His constant bitching on the sidelines was embarrassing and I totally blame him for having that team wound so tight that Pop knew how to keep poking them until we exploded. He also became super stubborn about his system that year, and that blew HCA in that Spurs series in Game 1 putting us behind the eight ball. After that I was done with Coach Pringles.
The fanfare for D'Antoni came from the Suns winning. I'm not sure how many people got on his bandwagon because he seemed like a good or likable guy/coach. He was definitely liked for his first couple of seasons though. It seemed the fanbase turned on him before he was out of the door though.
Likability isn’t necessarily related to wins and losses. Look at Jeff Hornacek.
I agree but I still believe that played a large part in D'Antoni's tenure as coach.
I don’t remember his sideline behavior being that bad but the stubbornness was maybe more frustrating than anything I can remember. He couldn’t manage personalities and didn’t have any nurturing qualities to deal with sensitive athletes. It was my way or the highway... Going up against the Spurs at that time were so overmatched from a coaching standpoint. Not only Popovich but they had PJ Carlesimo, Mike Budenholzer and Brett Brown.
That said Mike should have at least a title if it weren’t for bad luck and poor ownership. He would’ve been seen as the greatest coach in valley history with just one.
No doubt D'Antoni had coaching flaws but I often wish the Suns had stuck with him and given him more time to grow as a coach.
D'Antoni's style of play was a precursor to today's NBA. With the right owner and GM to guide him, he might have accomplished more.
What I just watched: “blah, blah, blah I was a terrible coach.”
He is full of **** anyway.
Booker didn't start until Bledsoe tore his knee up. Before Bledsoe's injury Booker was averaging about 15 minutes a game, he made his first start, literally, the game after Bledsoe went down for the season.
"People thought I was crazy!" Dude acts like he reinvented the wheel when he chose to start Booker over Sonny Weems.
What a bunch of utter bull crap.
Elie Okobo getting some work in at the Coliseum this morning (http://instagram.com/elieokobo). His contract for next season is non-guaranteed.
12:24 PM · Oct 21, 2020
Frank Kaminsky is reportedly not nervous about Suns team option.
Suns would be beyond foolish to pick up the team option. This is almost as much of a no-brainer as releasing Okobo.
There was a comment in the linked article that Kaminisky would be a cheaper option than Saric.
Suns need to use that money for Saric or another option.
Indeed, if they keep Kaminsky over Saric just because he is cheaper, and they don't trade for a starting power forward or sign one as a free agent, then we are back once more to Sarver being penny wise and pound foolish...
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