Suns will allow D'Antoni talk to other teams about head coaching positions
The signals suggesting that Mike D'Antoni and the Phoenix Suns will soon part company are getting stronger.
Suns president Steve Kerr said Monday that he will allow D'Antoni to talk to other teams about potential head coaching opportunities."As we have continued to convey, we value Mike D'Antoni as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns and would like him to continue leading this basketball team. Because he has requested to speak to other teams about their head coaching vacancies, we have granted him permission," Kerr said in a statement.
D'Antoni, reached by telephone by The Associated Press on Monday, declined to comment.
"I really can't say anything," he said.SI.com's Jack McCallum, who spent an entire season with the Suns while writing a book on them, reported Monday that the Bulls general manager John Paxson and Knicks president Donnie Walsh were flying to Phoenix to interview D'Antoni. Knicks' spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said the team is not commenting on its coaching search. Paxson had no comment. On Sunday night, KTAR Radio (620 AM) in Phoenix reported what Kerr confirmed Monday, that D'Antoni has been granted permission to speak with other teams, including Chicago and New York, about their coaching openings.
• But sources say Suns management and some veteran players, while all hopeful that D'Antoni will stay, want more emphasis placed on defensive preparations and want to see the likes of Stoudemire and Barbosa held more accountable for their mistakes.McCallum reported last week that D'Antoni considers those differences to be "irredeemable." Marc Stein is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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