D'Antoni Accepts Knicks Coaching Offer

Former Suns boss will take over for fired Isiah Thomas
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 10, 2008 11:32 PM CDT
Isiah Thomas was fired after one of the worst seasons in Knicks history.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
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(Newser) – Mike D'Antoni has agreed to coach the New York Knicks, bringing his entertaining offensive style from the Phoenix Suns to a team coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Knicks released a statement last night saying they had agreed in principle with D'Antoni and that a press conference would be held once the contract had been completed.

D'Antoni had two years and $8.5 million left on his Phoenix contract. Suns owner Robert Sarver wouldn't confirm that D'Antoni had taken the New York job earlier yesterday, but said, "Mike called me this morning to thank me, so I figured this was up." The offer is reportedly for $24 million over four years, making him one of the NBA's highest-paid coaches.