Quante volte nella vita ci siamo sentiti come all’interno di un film? In Italia, con SKY a fare scuola sul basket, criticare Mike D’Antoni è come rendersi colpevoli di lesa maestà, tanto da mettere in dubbio la propria sanità mentale come Jack Nicholson nel film citato nel titolo di questo pezzo: tutti (?!?) lo lodano, possibile che solo io lo denigri?
Ora, non voglio prendermi meriti che non ho, perchè bastava non essere ciechi – o semplicemente vedere qualche gara senza pontificare per “sentito dire” – per capire come i Knicks (non) stavano giocando… e proprio ieri, quando ho nuovamente sviluppato il concetto di “massimizzare” il roster a disposizione come ogni allenatore che non si pensi di vivere su un piedistallo intoccabile dovrebbe fare, d’antoni se n’è uscito con questa intervista:
Knicks Moving Away From SSoL
With the Knicks personnel no longer ideally suited for Mike D’Antonio’s ‘Seven Seconds or Less’ system, he is adjusting his playbook.
“Probably,” D’Antoni said Thursday when asked if this is the biggest adjustment he has had to make as a head coach since 2004. “Really, there’s all kinds of different ways you can play it, and we’re going to try to maximize just what the players do.”
Carmelo Anthony’s skills are perhaps an antithesis to D’Antoni’s ball-and-player movement philosophy.
“We’re always going to be a little bit of an iso, one-on-one kind of a team, which, to be honest with you, is pretty good,” D’Antoni said.
While D’Antoni is willing to adapt, he doesn’t want to abandon his identity.
“I think we’ll meet some place halfway in between,” he said Thursday, “because we don’t want to lose what Melo and those guys do the best. A lot of it is going one-on-one. They’re the best in the league at it.”
Anthony spent several summers with D’Antoni on the United States national team, which essentially ran D’Antoni’s system.
“It’s kind of hard to double-team guys in this offensive set that we run,” Anthony said. “I like it, and it’s only going to get better.”
D’Antoni is simply being pragmatic with his offensive adjustments.
“I think we’ll all make adjustments and we’ll all make sacrifices,” D’Antoni said, “and the end product should be: This is the best we can play. Whatever that is, we’ll do.”