Here's what D'Antoni had to say today about being on a mythical "hot seat" the day after Donnie Walsh took the blame for the Knicks' poor record the last two seasons:

What about Donnie taking the blame?
    “That’s awful nice of him, first of all, and that’s why I came here, because I have so much faith in him that we can get the job done together. There’s nobody out of the boat; everybody’s in the same boat. That’s nice of him to say, but everybody has their share of the responsibility. That’s what we’re going to do, we’re sticking with the plan and we’re going to try and see it through.”

Hot seat next year?
    “I just don’t look at it that way. I’m too old to worry about other things. I’m worried about winning. I want to win. I’m always on the hot seat because it’s my hot seat. We’re in it to win and the losing hurts. That’s up to other people to judge where I am, but at the same time I’m not going to be sweating, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m on the hot seat.’ I’m sweating right now. I want to win tomorrow night. You put yourself on the hot seat all the time. And it should be that way. This is a great job and it’s a fun job, but we need to win.”

Worried this experience could hurt his rep?
    “I’m sorry, but I just don’t sit around and read what you guys say or listen to radio. I just try to do my job the best I can. I get crazy upset if we don’t win. I’m miserable now. But we have a plan, we’re going to stick to it, and try to turn this thing around. If we do, great because we turned it around. If we don’t, then obviously they’ll be changes. But I’m not sitting around going, ‘Oh, my gosh, what’ll happen.’ That’s part of the nature of the business. I’ve been cut, I’ve been fired, I’ve been yelled at and I’ve been carried off on shoulders. It’s all part of the game.”

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Has he lost confidence in himself?
    “No. I’m 100 percent sure the way we want to play will win. I think we’ll win a championship this way. Now, not today. But that’s where we want to get to.”

He knew he wasn’t coming into a winning situation. Regrets?
    “I think you always come in, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll turn it around. I’m real hot right now.’ You always have an ego that you think . . . hey, it didn’t happen. I also knew that not only did I not come into a hot team, but we were getting rid of all the bloated contracts. So I knew it was going to be difficult. We hoped for some luck. Some of the things didn’t happen that we would love to happen, like Cutino hopefully being here and different things that could have made a difference. Didn’t happen. Underperformed a little bit, no doubt about it. Again, all we can do is keep slogging away and keep trying to get better and understand where the plan’s going and we’ll have a good shot at it for next year.”