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Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni.jpg
D'Antoni coaching for the Knicks.
Brooklyn Nets
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Full name Michael Andrew D'Antoni
Born May 8, 1951 (1951-05-08) (age 71)
Mullens, West Virginia
Nationality Flag of the United States.png United States
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 3 (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lbs (84 kg)
Coaching career
Best record 65–17 (2017–18 NBA season)
Titles 0
Coaching career 1990–present (32 years)
Playing career
High school Mullens
(Mullens, Virginia)
College Marshall
NBA Draft 1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th
Selected by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Playing career 1973–1990 (17 years)
Position Guard
Career history
  • As player
1973–1975 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1975–1976 Spirits of St. Louis (ABA)
1976–1977 San Antonio Spurs
1977–1990 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
  • As coach:
1990–1994 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
1994–1997 Benetton Basket (Italy)
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
1998–1999 Denver Nuggets
2001–2002 Benetton Basket (Italy)
2002–2003 Phoenix Suns (assistant)
2003–2008 Phoenix Suns
2008–2012 New York Knicks
2012–2014 Los Angeles Lakers
2015–2016 Philadelphia 76ers (associate HC)
2016–2020 Houston Rockets
2020–present Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • 2× EuroLeague champion (1987, 1988)
  • 5× Italian League champion (1982, 1985–1987, 1989)
  • 2× Italian Cup winner (1986, 1987)
  • Korać Cup champion (1985)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup champion (1987)
  • 50 Greatest Contributors in EuroLeague History (2008)
  • No. 8 retired by Olimpia Milano
  • No. 10 retired by Marshall Thundering Herd

As coach:

  • NBA Coach of the Year (2005, 2017)
  • 2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (2007, 2018)
  • NBCA Co-Coach of the Year (2017)
  • 2× Italian League champion (1997, 2002)
  • 2× Italian Supercup winner (2001, 2002)
  • Italian Cup winner (1995)
  • Saporta Cup champion (1995)
  • Korać Cup champion (1993)

Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

While head coach of the Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 33 more wins than the previous season. He coached the New York Knicks starting in 2008 before resigning in 2012. He was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers seven games into the 2012–13 season. On June 1, 2016, D'Antoni was named head coach of the Houston Rockets, and he received his second NBA Coach of the Year award for the 2016–17 season. D'Antoni, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship, is known for favoring a fast-paced, offense-oriented system.

Head Coach

Phoenix Suns (2002–2008)

In 2002, D'Antoni made his return to the NBA as a Phoenix Suns assistant. In 2003, he was hired with 61 games left in the season as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns and, despite leading the team to a poor record in the second half of the year, he received a vote of confidence for producing inspired play from an injury riddled team.

With the acquisition of free agent Steve Nash before the 2004-05 season, who was experienced in a run-and-gun style from his previous stint with the Dallas Mavericks, this began an incredible turnaround for the Phoenix Suns. Nash excelled running D'Antoni's pick-and-roll offense.

D'Antoni won the NBA Coach of the Year Award after his Suns went 62–20 to finish first in the regular season. His style, dubbed "Seven Seconds or Less," was described in a book of that name. Overall, his Suns won fifty or more games in four consecutive seasons, while Nash earned NBA MVP honors in 2005.

In addition to Nash, D'Antoni's Suns also featured All-Star power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and high-flying small forward Shawn Marion. They made consecutive appearances in the Western Conference finals in 2005 and 2006, losing to the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, respectively.

D'Antoni was the Suns' GM after Bryan Colangelo's departure and passed on the post to Steve Kerr in 2007. The Suns were eliminated in the playoffs by the Spurs in 2007 and by Trail Blazers in 2008, after which D'Antoni left Phoenix for the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks (2008–2012)

Losing seasons (2008–2010)

As of May 5, 2008, D'Antoni was told that he was free to speak with other teams about a coaching job next season, although Steve Kerr requested he stay with the Suns. On May 9, D'Antoni was made an offer by the New York Knicks. The next day, D'Antoni accepted the 4-year, $24 million offer and became the Knicks' head coach.

But Knicks didn't make playoffs six seasons streak (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), then they decided to change it.

Winning season (2010–2011)

After two losing seasons, D'Antoni with new additions Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Aleksei Mendeleevskiy led the Knicks to the title in 2010–11 with a best record to getting swept the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Knicks owner James Dolan' preference has always been for the Knicks to have a wide-open offense. D'Antoni was reunited with Fields, who was drafted to the Knicks in this season.

Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire was also familiar with D'Antoni; Stoudemire as a Suns player worked with him when D'Antoni was a head coach that also over there. Stoudemire grew close with D'Antoni during their time.

In his first press conference, D'Antoni predicted that the Knicks, and he reiterated general manager Donnie Walsh's belief that the Knicks were built to win an NBA championship this season.

Replaced by Mike Woodson (2011–2012)

D'Antoni resigned as coach on March 14, 2012, and assistant coach Mike Woodson filled his vacancy as the head coach. The Knicks were off to a disappointing 18–24 start, and D'Antoni has been clashed.

Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)

On November 12, 2012, the Lakers signed D'Antoni to a three-year contract worth $12 million. He replaced Mike Brown, who was fired as head coach after a 0–5 start to the 2012–13 season.

After missed playoffs 2013, D'Antoni has been clashed, and Byron Scott replaced him as new head coach.

Philadelphia 76ers (2015–2016)

On December 18, 2015, D'Antoni signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to work as the associate head coach under Brett Brown. In 2016, he accepted the job at Houston.

Houston Rockets (2016–2020)

On June 2, 2016, D'Antoni was named as the new head coach for the Houston Rockets. In 2020, D'Antoni confirmed to the Rockets that he wouldn't return as head coach.

Brooklyn Nets (2020–present)

On October 30, 2020, the Brooklyn Nets hired D'Antoni as an assistant coach.

New York Knicks 2010–11 season roster
1 Stoudemire • 2 Brown • 3 Sha. Williams • 4 Billups • 6 Fields • 7 Anthony • 11 Rautins • 13 She. Williams • 14 Turiaf • 16 Mason • 20 Jeffries • 25 Carter • 32 Balkman • 67 Douglas
Players who left during the season
2 Felton • 4 Randolph • 7 Azubuike • 21 Chandler • 25 Mozgov • 34 Curry • 00 Gallinari
Head coach: Mike D'Antoni
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