We’ve had quite a few reactions (Kobe, Phil Jackson & more) when the news broke that the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni as their new head coach. Now we have Carmelo Anthony’s to add to that list. Remember all the drama that surrounded the Knicks and Melo when D’Antonio resigned in March? Check out what Melo had to say:
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Via Jared Zwerling at ESPN:
During Monday afternoon’s media session at the New York Knicks’ practice facility, only one topic was bigger than discussing the team’s 4-0 start, which made it the only unbeaten team in the league.
That would be the Los Angeles Lakers hiring former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni.
Carmelo Anthony said he was “happy” for D’Antoni, who manned the sideline in New York from 2008 to March, when he resigned.
“I knew he was trying to take some time off and get healthy and things like that,” he said. “I was with him this summer. He didn’t really know what was going to happen as far as getting a job this year or next year.
“Obviously it worked out this summer with him and Kobe (Bryant). Maybe they had something under the table, I don’t know. But it’ll be fun. I know Kobe’s excited about that, so we’ll see what happens.”
Anthony said that because D’Antoni has longtime relationships with Bryant and Dwight Howard on Team USA and coached Steve Nash with the Phoenix Suns from 2004 to ’08, it would make coaching the Lakers easier.
D’Antoni was an assistant on the U.S. team and won a gold medal this summer with Bryant and Anthony.
“To be honest with you, man, you don’t really have to bring too much to that team that they have out there,” Anthony said. “The two bigs, Kobe, Steve Nash. Steve Nash is used to the open offense, spread offense. Kobe played with D’Antoni a couple of times on the USA team. Dwight was actually on one of the teams, so that offense will be quite familiar to those guys.”
During D’Antoni’s tenure with the Knicks, there were some reports that he and Anthony didn’t get along, which led to the coach stepping down.
But Anthony referred to those reports as “B.S.,” saying that he and D’Antoni have a “pretty good relationship.” He believes D’Antoni will bring positive energy to the Lakers.
“Any time guys are losing like that, there’s always negativity,” he said. “Sometimes a change is better.”