Mike D’Antoni to the Knicks — just when you thought the Dolans couldn’t devise any new, extremely costly quick-fix solutions to their franchise’s problems. Chad Ford calls is “an improbable home run that could immediately turn the fortunes of a franchise in desperate need of optimism” and says “D’Antoni will bring a pedigree of exciting, winning basketball that should inject new life into a tired Knicks franchise.” Why, yes, this is exactly the thing to turn around a franchise that hasn’t seen a marquee coach since, well, Larry Brown just a little while back.
Seriously, at this point isn’t it obvious that it’s the search for improbable home runs that’s the problem here? When your roster doesn’t contain good players, you can’t win. And when the roster contains lots of players on bad contracts, it’s hard to trade for better ones. The only solution is to admit that this is the kind of problem that it would take several seasons to solve and to stop trying to create an atmosphere of optimism.