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Mike D'Antoni feels fans' pain
Mike D’Antoni has heard the boos and the chants from the Madison Square Garden crowd demanding his termination. The Knicks coach said he understands the fans displeasure.
The Knicks were expected to be much better than they are. D’Antoni said they should contend for a championship this year. But the Knicks have played more like a Lottery team and the fans have let them and D’Antoni hear it.
“They’re right,” he said. “I think every coach understands you can’t come out and play bad and think I’m doing my job. It’s not working. We’ve got to change some things up and try to get it better. It’s my responsibility at the end of it.”
Harrellson out 6 weeks: Rookie big man Josh Harrellson fractured his right wrist in the game and will miss approximately six weeks after he has surgery. No date has been set for the operation.
Stoudemire’s struggles: Amar’e Stoudemire came into camp boasting he grew half an inch because back strengthening exercises improved his posture, added 20 pounds and is in the best shape of his life. But he isn’t moving the same as last season and has had trouble finishing around the basket.
Stoudemire botched several layups or dunks in Friday’s loss to the Bucks and his health was brought up afterward. He quickly dismissed that something is wrong with him.
“I feel great,” Stoudemire said.
He’s not playing great, but no one on the Knicks is.
“I think some guys feel the fatigue more than others,” D’Antoni said. “You’d have to ask him. But [Friday] night I didn’t see a big pop in his athleticism. It’s hard to focus on one thing because it’s a combination of things that we’ve got to settle.”
No punking: D’Antoni didn’t agree with Carmelo Anthony, who said the Bucks played more physical and “punked” the Knicks Friday. Anthony got into skirmishes with Carlos Delfino and Brandon Jennings and was ejected with 1:33 left.
“I thought we just didn’t play very well,” D’Antoni said. “I thought we tried too much to get into that fight,” D’Antoni said. “That’s not what we have to do. That limits your ball movement, movement on the floor. We definitely didn’t back down. I thought maybe toward the end we participated too much.”
More Injury Updates: Iman Shumpert left the Nuggets' game with cramping in his legs and some back pain. … The Knicks still haven’t given a timetable for Baron Davis (herniated disc). But D’Antoni didn’t rule out the possibility of Davis practicing Monday. “I don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “You know I’m hoping, but that’s not for sure.”