Carmelo Anthony Says Knicks Support Coach Mike D’Antoni ’100 Percent’
The New York Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games, sliding out of the playoff picture to 10th place in the Eastern Conference at 7-13. Nevertheless, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says there’s still no doubt about the job status of coach Mike D’Antoni.
“Anytime teams are losing, that’s the first thing that comes to mind, the coach,” Anthony told Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “But we don’t talk about that. We support Mike 100 percent. He’s here with us, we’re here with him, and we’re going to roll with that.”
D’Antoni took over as Knicks head coach in 2008, losing 50 and 53 games in his first two seasons. The Knicks finally earned a playoff berth in 2011 but were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round.
D’Antoni is currently in the final season of his four-year contract, but he insists that job security is not his focus this season.
“My focus right now is trying to get us to win,” D’Antoni said. “And I think every player, we just want to try to win. Worry about how the chips fall? We can’t do that.”