Stoudemire Supports D’Antoni, System
Amar’e Stoudemire has played most of his career for Mike D’Antoni and wants to continue playing for him.
Stoudemire defended his coach, saying the Knicks’ struggles are not D’Antoni’s fault. He said it’s up to the players to do more and that he’s not the only one who would like D’Antoni to remain the Knicks’ coach.
“I think we all do,” Stoudemire said. “We’d all love to have Mike coach us. We don’t want to go through a drastic change midseason like that. We just got to play hard. We’ve got to give him the best opportunity to coach us and be coachable. We have to be coachable.”
Stoudemire believes in D’Antoni’s system, which is predicated on ball movement, point guard penetration and a heavy dose of pick-and-rolls.
“You can see night in and night out how the system works,” Stoudemire said. “If we keep that going, we’ll be good.”
D’Antoni said he’s not “panicking” or concerned about his job. He believes the Knicks are close to turning things around.