Breaking News: Mike D'Antoni Hired as New York Knicks Coach

Nate LipkinContributor IMay 10, 2008

After years of failure from Isiah Thomas, leading up to a 23-59 season, the Knicks have announced that they have agreed, in principle, to a 24 million dollar contract over the next four years with Suns coach Mike D'Antoni.

D'Antoni will bring his upbeat, offensive minded philosophy to a team that desperately needs an infusion of energy to bring it back to contention in the Eastern Conference.

Although D'Antoni still has a couple years left on his contract with the Suns, the team had demanded that he change to a more defensive gameplan that would give them a better shot at the title, but the coach has made it clear that he would rather change teams than change his ways.

D'Antoni was never able to bring Phoenix to the finals, mainly because of a weak defensive effort that did not correspond with the saying, "Defense wins championships." However, New York does not seem like the best fit since it lacks speed in the frontcourt and has a shaky backcourt situation. But, if anybody can rejuvenate a franchise, I'd rather put my money with D'Antoni than with almost any other coach, especially Thomas.