Mike D’Antoni Says Amare Just Started to Listen to Defensive Instructions This Year

Mike Dantoni

Amar’e made a comment that this was the first time in his career he was taught how to play defense. It was a shot at Mike D’Antoni even if it was subliminal.

When D’Antoni was told about the comment this is what he had to say.

“I think it’s great,” D’Antoni said Thursday after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice. “I think it’s great that he’s listening. He might have forgotten that Mike Woodson was also running the defense the last year I was there, so I don’t know if he just didn’t pick that year to listen. But Amar’e’s great. Sometimes you say things, but hopefully, that’s another step he can take forward and help his game. That would be great.”

The backhanded ether at D’Antoni, but he makes a very fair point. Amare should just concentrate on getting healthy and not taking shots at his former coach.