Dan DAntoni admits hes getting a little bored.
The longtime Socastee High School basketball coach has been without a job for a little more than three months since he resigned from his post as a New York Knicks assistant coach after his brother, Mike DAntoni, resigned from the head coaching position.
So far, hes not too fond of semi-retirement.
This is the first time Ive not had a job since I was 16. I dont think I like it, DAntoni quipped via phone Saturday.
DAntoni, 61, is unsure what his future holds. He said he would consider coaching alongside his brother should another NBA team come calling, but retirement also is an option.
DAntoni said he plans on moving to Charlotte, N.C., where he will be closer to some of his family. Then, perhaps, he can put more thought into his professional future.
I dont know. I just figured Ive got to get where Im going first to see where Im going. Im just going to wait and see, he said. Dont know what Mikes going to do, dont know what Im going to do. Youd think Ive had three months to think about it, but I dont know.
Mike DAntoni stepped down from his post on March 14 upon the Knicks having lost eight of 10 games to fall to 18-24. While there were reports of growing tension within the Knicks organization, Dan DAntoni said he was shocked when he heard the news.
I cant speak for Mike. I didnt even know it was coming, he said. It was just one of those things he had to deal with. Thats the way the game goes sometimes. Ive enjoyed the opportunities Ive had. Ive got nothing bad to say.
DAntoni said the lengthy lockout that pushed opening day to Christmas didnt help the teams plight. The Knicks had less time in training camp to build chemistry among a roster that included superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire and a host of new roster additions and rookies.
We really didnt have a chance. It hurt us especially, DAntoni said. We were trying to put a high-expectation team together without enough practices. It didnt go the way we wanted it to.
Overall, DAntoni said, being a part of the famed Knicks organization was a unique experience.
The overall atmosphere thats a big-time tent. Just how its run and how many things are going on, DAntoni said of the ambiance at games. It was just an experience you appreciate. Youve seen it and youve done it. Spike Lee and Whoopi Goldberg all the different stars that show up. It was just fun. It was enjoyable to go [to the game] every night.
DAntoni said he enjoyed teaching the game and also learning from the players during his time in the Big Apple.
Watching Chris Duhon and David Lee just watching their development. Working close with them. Working with players like Jared Jeffries, Landry Fields watching their development, DAntoni said, naming former and current Knicks he worked closely with. Just the individual players I got to work with. I think they got better and I got better as a coach. They taught me a lot of things. It was rewarding for me to see them be successful.
Another player DAntoni has watched from afar has been Myrtle Beach native Ramon Sessions, who played for the coachs Beach Ball Select team while in high school.
Sessions just finished his fifth year in the NBA, ending the season with the Los Angeles Lakers with whom he earned his first playoff experience. Sessions, who has played for four teams, declined his player option with the Lakers on Tuesday, making him a free agent.
Wherever Sessions winds up, DAntoni expects him to continue to be successful. He saw it coming a long time ago.
I felt like when he came out of college he was an NBA player. I had no doubts in my mind, DAntoni said. His progression as a player if hes in the right situation and gets right experience [hell prosper]. Hes a great player. He understands the game and has a great attitude and mind-set for the game. Im just happy for him. Its going to go good for him.
Hes the type of teammate people want to have around.
As for whats next for the DAntonis, well, stay tuned.
Time will see on that one. To be honest with you, I think [Mike] likes sitting out for a little while. Right now theres no push in any direction, Dan DAntoni said. One thing being in the NBA is that itll push you. Its a wonderful atmosphere, but its very tense. Sometimes you need to recharge your batteries.
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