Amar'e Stoudemire wants Mike D'Antoni back
Carmelo Anthony won’t complain if Mike D’Antoni returns to coach the Knicks next season. Then again, Melo wouldn’t mind if he had a new coach, either.
than 24 hours after the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs by the
Celtics, Anthony was noncommittal when discussing D’Antoni’s future.
Following an exit interview with D’Antoni and team president Donnie Walsh Monday in Greenburgh, Anthony said D’Antoni had earned his "respect."
But Melo hardly seemed concerned that a possible coaching change could stunt the Knicks’ progress."As
far as that goes, I really don’t know if it would set things back, what
it would bring," Anthony said. "If we can keep everybody here, that’d
be great, something that we can build on, the guys we have here."I
support whatever decision is made," he added later. "If Mike is here, I
got his back 100%. If Donnie’s here I got his back 100%."Anthony’s
stance on D’Antoni could prove to be an important one, because he is
planning to be heavily involved in personnel decisions this summer. He
first mentioned that idea on Sunday, and he reiterated it Monday, saying
that since he and Amar’e Stoudemire are the "faces of the organization," they should play key roles in deciding its direction."Why
not? I’m gonna be the guy they have to go out there and play with,"
Anthony said. "So why not have some input in who we want?"Anthony
wants to win now. He said the Knicks could be a 50-win team next
season, and said that being the "top team in the East" was his other key
goal. He added that New York is now a prime destination for free
agents. Much like Miami, standout players will sign with the Knicks for less to be part of a contender.