Mike D'Antoni said emotionally he has moved on from his bitter divorce from Phoenix last spring and even buried the hatchet with Suns general manager Steve Kerr. The two recently had a conversation to clear the air about their differences, which had caused D'Antoni to leave the Suns and eventually accept Donnie Walsh's offer to coach the Knicks.
"Yeah, everything's good," D'Antoni said of his talk with Kerr. "We're good."
D'Antoni, who coached the Suns to an average of 58 wins per season for four seasons, earlier this season admitted it was difficult for him to watch the Suns on television. But he now has a half-season in New York under his belt, and he said the emotions aren't as strong as they used to be.
"I can watch them and I'm not emotionally attached," he said and added that last night was "a big game for us because it's a really good team coming in here. It'll be fun to compete against some of the guys on the floor. But at the same time it's about the Knicks trying to get one more win."
Michael Jordan said seeing Barack Obama sworn in as president "made me cry." It also inspired him to have his label, Jordan Brand, create - what else? - a sneaker to commemorate the event. For last night's game, Quentin Richardson and Jared Jeffries, who both have Jordan Brand endorsements, wore the commemorative shoe in Obama's honor. The sneaker, named the Jordan Pure Pressure, is white with a silver Jordan logo and "1.20.09" stitched across the tongue.
Jerome James today will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right leg. He will miss the rest of the season ... The Knicks presented the Sweetwater Clifton Award to the NY Waterway captains and deckhands for their work in the rescue effort of US Airways Flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River last Thursday.