Report: Knicks owner says D’Antoni’s job safe, for now

Despite his team’s recent struggles, the New York Knicks are not looking to get rid of head coach Mike D’Antoni any time soon, according to a report on SI.com.

D’Antoni, the brother of former Socastee High coach and current Knicks assistant Dan D’Antoni, is in his third season with the Knicks, who are 7-10 on the season.

The report cites a source close to the situation saying D’Antoni’s job is safe for now and that owner James Dolan is remaining patient that the Knicks will turn their season around. The Knicks lost 97-84 to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, their ninth defeat in their last 10 games.

The biggest reason for the rumors surrounding D’Antoni’s future is the unhappiness of stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire with New York’s offensive production.

The Knicks are currently ranked 17th in the league in offense at 97.3 points per game. However, the Knicks have failed to score more than 90 points in six of the last 10 outings.

The trend is in stark contrast to the high-scoring, European-style of play D’Antoni brought to the Phoenix Suns.

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