Amare Stoudemire made some stunning admissions recently when he said he never learned defense in his career. That’s pretty crazy considering how long he’s been in the league but then you remember Mike D’Antoni was his head coach for more than 8½ seasons in Phoenix and New York and everyone knows defense is one of D’Antoni’s shortcomings. Still Mike didn’t appreciate Amare’s comments. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
“It’s mind-boggling. I mean, come on,” D’Antoni said Friday. “He threw Frank Johnson, myself, Alvin Gentry and actually Mike Woodson … was he saving the good stuff? Because he coached him eight months and he was the defensive coach. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Woodson was promoted from assistant coach to the Knicks’ head coach when D’Antoni resigned past the midpoint of last season. Johnson and Gentry also coached Stoudemire in the past.
“If he’s learning, great,” D’Antoni said. “That would be super. It just boggles the mind.”
I’m sorry D’Antoni but it really isn’t that “mind boggling”.