Mike D'Antoni understands the booing

Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the New York Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the New York Knicks argues with the referee during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. (Dec. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Mike D’Antoni has heard the boos and the chants from the Madison Square Garden crowd demanding his termination. The Knicks’ coach said he understands the fans’ displeasure.

The Knicks were expected to be much better than they are. D’Antoni had said they should contend for a championship this season. But the Knicks have played more like a lottery team, and the fans have let them and D’Antoni hear it.

“They’re right,” he said. “I think every coach understands you can’t come out and play bad and think I’m doing my job. It’s not working. We’ve got to change some things up and try to get it better. It’s my responsibility at the end of it.”

Stoudemire’s struggles

Amar’e Stoudemire came into camp boasting that he grew a half-inch because back-strengthening exercises improved his posture, added 20 pounds and was in the best shape of his life. But he isn’t moving the same as last season and has had trouble finishing around the basket.

Stoudemire botched several layups or dunks in Friday night’s loss to the Bucks, and his health was brought up afterward. He quickly dismissed the idea that something is wrong with him.

“I feel great,” he said.

He’s not playing great, but no one on the Knicks is.

“The games are coming at us quick,” D’Antoni said. “I think some guys feel the fatigue more than others. You’d have to ask him. But night, I didn’t see a big pop in his athleticism. It’s hard to focus on one thing because it’s a combination of things that we’ve got to settle.”

Harrellson fractures wrist

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Knicks rookie big man Josh Harrellson fractured his right wrist Saturday night and will miss approximately six weeks after he has surgery. No date has been set for the operation.

Iman Shumpert (18 points) left the game with cramping in his legs and some back pain.

Davis to practice?

The Knicks still haven't given a timetable for Baron Davis (herniated disc), but D'Antoni didn't rule out the possibility that Davis will practice Monday.

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