Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo believes former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni won’t have any trouble getting a job soon, but told the New York Post it won’t be with the Raptors.
“We’re locked down with our coaching with [Dwane] Casey,” Colangelo told the Post. “We’re in the first year of what I hope will be a long-term relationship.”
Still, Colangelo said D’Antoni, who resigned last Wednesday after three-plus hectic seasons, could land a job soon, possibly in Washington or Portland after the season.
“Oh, I anticipate he gets a job in the near-term future, if it’s not next year,” he said. “If he wants to coach, I’m sure he’ll get an opportunity.”
Interim Knicks coach Mike Woodson stopped short Tuesday night of saying D’Antoni might still have his job if Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the Knicks had “played harder,” but he came close.
“We probably wouldn’t be sitting in this position that we’re sitting in today, fighting for a playoff spot” if Anthony had played harder,” Woodson said. “That’s my job to get the best out of everyone.”
Anthony, who had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and 3 steals in last night’s 106-87 win over Toronto, said he’s been playing with more energy since the coaching change.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.