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Over the last three-plus seasons, it was painfully obvious that the New York City environment was not the right situation for Mike D'Antoni.
That's not to say that New York is a better basketball city, nor that it's a tougher place to coach. It's just different.
It's a different market. It has a different type of fan. It has a different attitude.
Everything you do in the city of New York is put under a microscope and made to be a bigger issue than it actually is.
It's not like that in Phoenix.
Phoenix has that West Coast, casual fan setting. That doesn't mean that Suns fans are less loyal or passionate than fans in New York.
Once again, it means they are different.
The Suns rank 20th in percentage of seats filled on a nightly basis. The Knicks sell 100 percent of their seats every night.
Some coaches work better when they don't have to validate every move they make within their own team. Come to think of it, doesn't everyone?
A small-market franchise is a much better fit for the headstrong, and sometimes stubborn coach.