Mike D'Antoni
Professional basketball player and coach
Mike D'Antoni
Michael Andrew "Mike" D'Antoni is an Italian-American former basketball player and is currently the head coach of the NBA's New York Knicks. While head coach of the Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 33 more wins than the previous season. D'Antoni, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship, is known for his expertise in facilitating a fast-paced offense-oriented system.
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Defense concerns D'Antoni after Rockets down Wizards
Yahoo News - 4 months
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said his team must iron out their defensive kinks after a James Harden-inspired victory over the Washington Wizards. Harden scored 32 points -- including 14 in the final quarter -- as the Rockets prevailed 114-106 to improve their season record to 4-3. Harden's final quarter points spree rescued the Rockets, who had trailed 95-94 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
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Lakers shoot down Rockets to launch new era
Yahoo News - 4 months
The new-look Los Angeles Lakers, with Kobe Bryant retired and coach Luke Walton at the helm, opened their NBA season with a 120-114 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. D'Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Julius Randle added 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who overcame James Harden's 34 points and career-high 17 assists for Houston -- who lost in former Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's first game in charge of the Rockets.
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Up next for the Lakers: Wednesday vs. Houston
LATimes - 4 months
LAKERS TONIGHT VS. HOUSTON When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN; Radio: 710, 1330. Record vs. Rockets (2015-16): 0-4. Update: The Lakers open the season against former coach Mike D’Antoni, who follows interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff took over after...
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Rockets lose guard Beverley for opening six weeks
Yahoo News - 4 months
Patrick Beverley, the Houston Rockets' backcourt starter alongside top scorer James Harden, will miss at least 20 games to start the NBA season with a left knee injury. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Beverley will miss the first six weeks of the upcoming campaign, which begins for Houston on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Lakers. Eric Gordon, Tyler Ennis, P.J. Hairston and K.J. McDaniels figure to share time at point guard in place of 28-year-old Beverley, who averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game last season.
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Forget Trades, No. 2 Draft Pick Gives Rare Chance for Lakers to Build True Identity
Huffington Post - 9 months
The rumor mill has been in play for weeks that the Lakers would trade their top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The idea seemed reasonable until they landed the second pick for the second year in a row. Now the situation has gotten very, very interesting. For a team that has seemingly worked sans roadmap, wandering the NBA Season the way a Roomba would bump and bruise its way across a living room, the team may have lucked its way into rebuilding plan. With D'Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson at the core, the Lakers are staring at potential perfect fit in the prohibitive top picks in the upcoming draft - Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons. While the franchise needs to win now, Kobe Bryant's superstardom proved the team can still pull ratings even in a dismal season. While Kobe had 20 years to build to a farewell tour, the Lakers spotlighted Bryant from the day he was drafted. He was already the talk of the town when Shaq joined in his prime. Promoting h ...
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A refreshed, revived Mike D'Antoni returns to Staples Center to face Lakers
LATimes - about 1 year
Mike D'Antoni was sitting on the bench Friday night at Staples Center, the visitors' one, to be sure. Two hours before the Lakers played the Philadelphia 76ers, the former Lakers coach kept getting approached by present-day employees. They were all smiling. "You look great, Mike," one said. There...
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76ers' Brett Brown embraces Mike D'Antoni hire: 'All going to benefit' - ESPN
Google News - about 1 year
ESPN 76ers' Brett Brown embraces Mike D'Antoni hire: 'All going to benefit' ESPN PHILADELPHIA -- If 76ers coach Brett Brown is concerned about his job security now that Philadelphia has hired Mike D'Antoni as associate head coach, he certainly didn't show it Friday. Brown praised D'Antoni effusively hours after the Sixers announced ... As D'Antoni joins Colangelo in Philly, Sixers are finally going somewhereCBSSports.com 76ers hire Mike D'Antoni as associate head coachUSA TODAY Mike D'Antoni joins 76ers as assistant, Alvin Gentry praises hireNOLA.com New York Post -Sixers.com all 133 news articles »
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D'Antoni hired by NBA's 76ers as associate head coach
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Mike D'Antoni, who has spent 12 seasons as an NBA head coach, was hired Friday by the league-doormat Philadelphia 76ers as an associate head coach. The move came a week after the 76ers agreed to a two-year contract extension with coach Brett Brown and 12 days after Jerry Colangelo was named chairman of basketball operations. At 1-26, the 76ers have lost eight games since collecting their lone win of the season at home on December 1 by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91.
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Kobe Bryant Retires, Possibly to Pursue Film but Needs to Rewrite Lakers Happy Ending
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Thanksgiving weekend came with a twist this year as Kobe Bryant announced his retirement, putting the capstone on a storied career. Asked to speculate what's next for Bryant, journalists Michael Wilbon and J.A. Adande both alluded to the legend's passion for storytelling, hinting at creative pursuits such as filmmaking. With the organization in shambles, now's the time for Kobe the future film mogul to reboot this Hollywood tragedy the same way he has scripted his entire career. Oddly it all makes perfect sense. Bryant's entire career was built around a narrative he himself had penned, and that he was hell-bent on fulfilling. Now as a new breed triple thread - producer, writer and director, the man with more comebacks than Rocky must pull for a management overhaul and remake the Lakeshow like it was his own Adonis Creed. In retrospect, the five parts of his career flow perfectly, but the final parts are a work in progress. Part I: Genesis. It started with overnight stard ...
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Reinventing the Mamba
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When was the last time Kobe Bryant was still Kobe Bryant? It's a difficult and, for some, painful question to ask. As much as he tries, and dear god is he trying, Kobe isn't Kobe this year. Not even close. His points, assists, and rebounds numbers are his lowest since his second year in the league (if we discount his six-game run two years ago). He's making less than 34 percent of his total shots, and less than 24 percent of his three pointers. His effective field goal percentage (field goal percentage that adjusts for the value of three pointers) is less than Lance Stepehnson's last year, which many consider to be the worst season ever put together by someone playing 20 minutes or more a game. His shot selection feels like a parody of his worst tendencies. I understand where he's coming from, the last time Kobe played an actual portion of the season, people still thought he and the Lakers were done. It was the 2012-2013 season, and the recent acquisitions of Steve Nash, Dwight Howa ...
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Chris Grant Fired: Cleveland Cavaliers Let Go Of General Manager
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers made a big change with another season falling apart, firing general manager Chris Grant on Thursday. Grant was fired a day after the Cavs dropped their sixth straight game, an embarrassing home loss to a Los Angeles Lakers team that started with eight players and finished with five. Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin will serve as acting general manager. Owner Dan Gilbert made it clear he's unhappy with what has transpired in a season that began with hopes the Cavs would make the playoffs after a three-year absence. "This has been a very difficult period for the franchise," Gilbert said in a statement. "We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group." Gilbert also met with reporters at the team's training facility following the ...
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Nash, Blake to return for Lakers
Fox News - about 3 years
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers will get back a couple of reinforcements to their battered backcourt for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, with head coach Mike D'Antoni confirming to reporters that guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake will both start the contest.The game will be Nash's first since he exited a home matchup with the Timberwolves on Nov
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike D'Antoni
  • 2016
    Age 64
    On June 1, 2016, D'Antoni was named as the new head coach for the Houston Rockets.
    More Details Hide Details D'Antoni was born in Mullens, West Virginia, and played basketball at Marshall University. His father was a legendary high school basketball coach in West Virginia and Ohio, and was inducted into West Virginia's Sports Hall of Fame. His older brother Dan coached under him as an assistant in Phoenix, New York, and Los Angeles. Both Mike (1997) and Dan (1990) have been enshrined in the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame. D'Antoni is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy, making him the first Italian to lead an NBA team. He descends from an Italian grandfather who emigrated to the U.S. in the first years of the 20th Century. He is fluent in English and Italian. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with his wife, Laurel, and has a son, also named Mike.
    On June 1, 2016, D'Antoni was named as the new head coach for the Houston Rockets.
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  • 2015
    Age 63
    On December 18, 2015, D'Antoni signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to work as the associate head coach under Brett Brown.
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  • 2014
    Age 62
    He was paid an undisclosed amount of the $4 million owed him for the upcoming 2014–15 season. "Given the circumstances, I don't know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons", said Kupchak.
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    On April 30, 2014, D'Antoni resigned as coach of the Lakers after the team declined to pick up their option for him to coach in 2015–16.
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  • 2013
    Age 61
    In D'Antoni's first full season with the team in 2013–14, the Lakers went 27–55 for the second-worst winning percentage (.329) in team history.
    More Details Hide Details It was the worst 82-game record in team history and their fewest wins since the franchise moved from Minnesota. Howard left before the season as a free agent, accepting less money to join the Houston Rockets. Bryant played in just six games during the season, but he and Gasol were critical of D'Antoni's small-ball system. Nash also missed most of the season with injuries.
  • 2012
    Age 60
    He replaced Mike Brown, who was fired as head coach after a 1–4 start to the 2012–13 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Lakers first contacted former Lakers coach Phil Jackson about the opening, but D'Antoni was hired in a unanimous decision by the Lakers front office. The Lakers felt that D'Antoni's fast-paced style of play made him a "great fit" for the team, more suitable than Jackson's structured triangle offense. Lakers owner Jerry Buss' preference has always been for the Lakers to have a wide-open offense. D'Antoni was reunited with Nash, who was traded to the Lakers before the season. Lakers star Kobe Bryant was also familiar with D'Antoni; Bryant as a child knew him when D'Antoni was a star in Italy and Bryant's father was also playing there. Bryant grew close with D'Antoni during their time with Team USA. D'Antoni's coaching debut with the Lakers was delayed as he recovered from knee replacement surgery. He had surgery weeks before on October 31, as he originally expected he was taking a year off from coaching and would have months to recover. Bernie Bickerstaff, who was the Lakers' interim coach after Brown was fired, continued in that role after D'Antoni was hired. He was 4–1 as the interim coach, winning his last two as D'Antoni started leading team practices. D'Antoni named a new assistant to the Lakers' staff, his older brother Dan, who also helped with the practices. In his first press conference, D'Antoni predicted that the Lakers, then 3–5 and ranked 20th in scoring with 96.5 points per game, should instead be scoring "110–115 points a game".
    On November 12, 2012, the Lakers signed D'Antoni to a three-year contract worth $12 million.
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    He reunited with Knicks players Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler on this team as they prepared for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
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    In the summer of 2012, D'Antoni returned to Team USA as an assistant coach again under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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    D'Antoni resigned as coach on March 14, 2012, and assistant coach Mike Woodson filled his vacancy as the head coach.
    More Details Hide Details The Knicks were off to a disappointing 18–24 start, and D'Antoni clashed with Anthony.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    After two losing seasons, D'Antoni with new additions Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to the playoffs in 2010–11 with a 42–40 record before getting swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round.
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  • 2008
    Age 56
    As of May 5, 2008, D'Antoni was told that he was free to speak with other teams about a coaching job next season, although Steve Kerr requested he stay with the Suns.
    More Details Hide Details On May 9, D'Antoni was made an offer by the New York Knicks. The next day, D'Antoni accepted the 4-year, $24 million offer and became the Knicks' head coach.
    He coached the New York Knicks starting in 2008 before resigning in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He was hired by the Lakers after seven games into the 2012–13 season. D'Antoni, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship, is known for favoring a fast-paced, offense-oriented system.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    The Suns were eliminated in the playoffs by the Spurs in 2007 and 2008, after which D'Antoni left Phoenix for the New York Knicks.
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    D'Antoni was the Suns' GM after Bryan Colangelo's departure and passed on the post to Steve Kerr in 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 54
    D'Antoni was selected to the coaching staff for the Team USA Olympic Basketball squad under head coach Mike Krzyzewski and participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning a bronze medal.
    More Details Hide Details Pundits believed his familiarity with the three-point shot and the zone defense, hallmarks of the international game, were considered to be valuable assets to the team.
  • 2005
    Age 53
    Overall, his Suns won fifty or more games in four consecutive seasons, while Nash earned NBA MVP honors in 2005 and 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to Nash, D'Antoni's Suns also featured All-Star power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and high-flying small forward Shawn Marion. They made consecutive appearances in the Western Conference finals in 2005 and 2006, losing to the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, respectively.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    With the acquisition of free agent Steve Nash before the 2004–05 season, who was experienced in a run-and-gun style from his previous stint with the Dallas Mavericks, this began an incredible turnaround for the Phoenix Suns.
    More Details Hide Details Nash excelled running D'Antoni's pick-and-roll offense. D'Antoni won the NBA Coach of the Year Award after his Suns went 62–20 to finish first in the regular season. His style, dubbed "Seven Seconds or Less", was described in a book of that name.
  • 2003
    Age 51
    In 2003, he was hired with 61 games left in the season as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns and, despite leading the team to a poor record in the second half of the year, he received a vote of confidence for producing inspired play from an injury riddled team.
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  • 2002
    Age 50
    In 2002, D'Antoni made his return to the NBA as a Phoenix Suns assistant.
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    In his one season back in Europe, he led the team to a 28–8 record, a league championship and 2002 Euroleague Final Four, coaching a team filled with many former NBA stars.
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  • 2000
    Age 48
    He was also an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000–01.
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  • 1999
    Age 47
    D'Antoni then went on to become a scout for San Antonio Spurs during the 1999–2000 season.
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  • 1998
    Age 46
    The next year, he became Nuggets head coach, but was fired after a poor performance during the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season.
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  • 1997
    Age 45
    The first NBA coaching job held by D'Antoni was with the Denver Nuggets in 1997–98 as the club's director of player personnel.
    More Details Hide Details He also did some broadcasting work with TNT during that season.
  • 1996
    Age 44
    During his tenure (1994–1997), the team captured the Cup of Europe and Coppa Italia (in 1995) and won the national league title in 1996–97.
    More Details Hide Details Coach D’Antoni's Italian teams went to the playoffs each season, and he was twice voted the league's Coach of the Year. In 2001, D'Antoni returned to Italy for a second stint as the coach of Benetton Treviso.
  • 1990
    Age 38
    D’Antoni began his career as head coach for his most loyal club, Milan. He remained for four seasons, from 1990 to 1994, leading the club to the 1992 European Championship Final Four and 1993 Korać Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He was then chosen to coach Benetton Treviso, another major Italian basketball club.
    D'Antoni was then called by the Italian team of Olimpia Milano, starting a career which saw him become the club's all-time leading scorer. He was voted the league's top point guard of all time in 1990 and he paced his team to five Italian League titles, two European Champions Cup (now Euroleague) titles, two Cups of Italy, one Korać Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.
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  • 1989
    Age 37
    Being of Italian origin, D'Antoni was also selected to play on the Italian national team for the European championship in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details During his career in Italy, D'Antoni earned the nickname "Il Baffo" (Italian for "The Mustache") in reference to his ever-present facial hair. He also earned the nickname "Arsène Lupin" because of his ability of stealing the ball In 2015, Olimpia Milano retired jersey No. 8 to honor him.
  • 1975
    Age 23
    After 3 seasons for the Kings (1973–1975), he played for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1975–1976, and for the San Antonio Spurs (again in the NBA) in 1976–1977.
    More Details Hide Details His Spurs career lasted just two games before he found an opportunity to play successfully overseas.
  • 1974
    Age 22
    He was all-NBA Rookie Second Team choice for 1974.
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  • 1973
    Age 21
    After a college career at Marshall University, D'Antoni was drafted by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the 2nd round of the 1973 NBA draft.
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  • 1951
    Born on May 8, 1951.
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