Mike D’Antoni has taken the NBA by storm this season with his high-paced offensive system in Houston. James Harden has shined, and turned into a strong MVP candidate, and the Rockets are in the second round of the playoffs after finishing third in the Western Conference.
But several years before his success in Houston, D’Antoni was the coach of the Knicks where the team struggled to win games. There was a fun period with Linsanity where point guard Jeremy Lin was putting up absurd numbers every night, but it didn’t translate to wins.
Knicks president Phil Jackson has been in the news a lot lately for making controversial comments regarding Carmelo Anthony’s status with the team.
While Jackson said Anthony is better off somewhere else, he does not believe Porzingis is ready to step up as the team’s leader.
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No, I don’t think so. He’s 21 years old. That’s a big load for anybody to take on, Jackson said, via the New York Daily News. But he’s shown that he’s competitive. He’s shown that he’s competitive, he’s shown that he’s got a sense of desire to win, etcetera. So we’re really pleased with how he’s developed. I think he had some concern this year about physical. Not being able to stand up to all the games physically, Achilles tendon, back, etc.
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The 7-3 Porzingis averaged 4.8 3-point attempts per game this season, which was significantly more than his rookie season. Jackson would like to see him play in the post more often.