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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08 May 1951


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Sources: Rockets shocked Clippers' Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers escaped disciplinary action
ABC News - about 1 month
The Houston Rockets are shocked and disappointed that Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers avoided any disciplinary action as a result of the events during and after the? Clippers' contentious win Monday night in Los Angeles, team sources told ESPN. Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green were both suspended two games for entering the Clippers' locker room and engaging "in a hostile, verbal altercation with several Clippers players," according to an NBA news release. The Rockets are upset that Griffin and Rivers weren't disciplined for their roles in the events that led to Ariza's anger escalating to the point that he stormed into the Clippers' locker room to confront them. The Rockets are adamant that Griffin intentionally made contact with Mike D'Antoni late in the fourth quarter, moments before a heated confrontation between the Houston coach and the Clippers star forward. D'Antoni was arguing a...
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D'Antoni's success with the Rockets has made people forget his time with the Lakers and the Knicks
LATimes - 10 months
Mike D’Antoni is coaching a second-round NBA playoff team for the first time in 10 years. Houston’s season has turned into vindication at his fifth NBA head-coaching stop. It has enhanced memories of how D’Antoni thrived on his last playoff deep dive in Phoenix and glossed over his sideline struggles...
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NBA report: Rockets center Nene to miss rest of playoffs because of thigh injury
LATimes - 10 months
Houston Rockets center Nene will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Monday, one day after the veteran reserve tore a muscle in his left thigh. “I hate it for Nene,” coach Mike D'Antoni said. “He's been so valuable all year, such a good guy.” Nene was injured in the first quarter...
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D'Antoni looking for 1st title in his 1st year with Rockets
ABC News - 10 months
In his first trip to the playoffs since 2013, Mike D'Antoni knows the rub on him is that he's never won a championship
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D'Antoni's fired-up philosophy has Rockets revved up
Reuters.com - 12 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From basketball innovator to coaching flameout, Mike D’Antoni has survived the roller coaster of the NBA and landed back in the league’s good graces.
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Charles Barkley: 'We Shouldn't Have Just 3 Good Teams'
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Defense concerns D'Antoni after Rockets down Wizards
Yahoo News - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 ...
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A refreshed, revived Mike D'Antoni returns to Staples Center to face Lakers
LATimes - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 star...
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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.
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    On June 1, 2016, D'Antoni was named as the new head coach for the Houston Rockets.
  • 2015
    Age 63
    On December 18, 2015, D'Antoni signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to work as the associate head coach under Brett Brown.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
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  • 2012
    Age 60
    He replaced Mike Brown, who was fired as head coach after a 1–4 start to the 2012–13 season.
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    On November 12, 2012, the Lakers signed D'Antoni to a three-year contract worth $12 million.
    He reunited with Knicks players Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler on this team as they prepared for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
    In the summer of 2012, D'Antoni returned to Team USA as an assistant coach again under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
    D'Antoni resigned as coach on March 14, 2012, and assistant coach Mike Woodson filled his vacancy as the head coach.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    He coached the New York Knicks starting in 2008 before resigning in 2012.
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  • 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.
    D'Antoni was the Suns' GM after Bryan Colangelo's departure and passed on the post to Steve Kerr in 2007.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 2002
    Age 50
    In 2002, D'Antoni made his return to the NBA as a Phoenix Suns assistant.
    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.
  • 2000
    Age 48
    He was also an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000–01.
  • 1999
    Age 47
    D'Antoni then went on to become a scout for San Antonio Spurs during the 1999–2000 season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    He was all-NBA Rookie Second Team choice for 1974.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Born on May 8, 1951.
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