Mike D'Antoni: Knicks in a good spot

Updated: June 6, 2011, 12:45 PM ET
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Mike D'Antoni's agent thinks he'll return next season as the New York Knicks head coach, even with the regime change that saw president and general manger Donnie Walsh step down.

Turns out, D'Antoni thinks so, too.

In an interview with The New York Post, D'Antoni said he was not concerned about his future with the team.

"No, I feel good," D'Antoni told the paper. "I hate [that] Donnie is leaving. I owe a lot to him. We had three good years. He did exactly what he wanted and said he would do and he's got us in position to be one of the better teams in the NBA next year. That's to his credit.

"We worked well together. I appreciate his support and I feel good about us having a great year next season. It's all a coach can ask for, to have him give me that chance. He's put me in that position."

D'Antoni has one year and $6 million left on his contract, and will be meeting with Knicks owner James Dolan shortly, according to the paper.

"This is the team Mike wants to coach," said D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, on Friday. "He spent two years putting it in position not only to have a winning record but a playoff appearance. This is where he'd like to continue to coach as long as they want him."

D'Antoni said he was a little surprised by Walsh's departure.

"I think everyone was a little surprised by it," D'Antoni told The Post. "Everyone thought they would reach a positive conclusion. But they didn't and now we go forward. Nothing in sports is surprising.

"... Donnie keeps his cards close to the vest. There's probably 1,000 little things, and I do think he missed his family [in Indiana]."

Glen Grunwald, the Knicks' senior VP of basketball and former Raptors president, will be the interim president starting July 1 and could be considered for the long-term gig.

"Glen's great," D'Antoni said, according to the newspaper. "He's been terrific. He's experienced and he knows what he's doing. Donnie will run the draft with Glen like they always do, and I'm prepared to be there to help them out."

Information from ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher was used in this report.

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