New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said in a story posted on Wednesday by ESPNLA.com that he regrets having left Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns for the Knicks in 2008.
“I shouldn’t have gone to New York,” D’Antoni said. “I should have stuck in there and battled. You don’t get to coach somebody like [Nash] too many times. It’s pretty sacred and you need to take care of it. I didn’t.”
D’Antoni and Nash have been reunited with the Lakers. D’Antoni was hired to replace Mike Brown on Nov. 12.
D’Antoni resigned as coach of the Knicks during last season after going 121-167 in three-plus seasons in New York. His Knicks contract was for four years and $24 million.
"We had a three-year plan and it was good," D'Antoni said. "There were good aspects of it. But it was better the other way [in Phoenix].”
Speaking of his exit with the Suns after the 2007-08 season, D’Antoni said: “I think we got frustrated and I got frustrated. That’s why I left. We were there, it seemed like we deserved it, and then it seemed like something happened all the time. Maybe we weren’t good enough either. We have to understand that. I probably irrationally made a decision right when the season was over. You should take a month to figure it out. I shouldn’t have left. That was my fault."