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Mike D'Antoni regrets leaving Phoenix for Knicks job

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni looks

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni looks down in the first half of a game against the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles. (Nov. 20, 2012) Credit: AP

MILWAUKEE -- New Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Wednesday in an story that he regrets leaving 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 likeD'Antoni and Nash have been reunited with the Lakers, although Nash has not played since Oct. 31 because of a small fracture in his left leg. D'Antoni was hired to replace Mike Brown on Nov. 12.

D'Antoni resigned as coach of the Knicks in March after going 121-167 in three-plus seasons. 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."

LI's own

Second-year Bucks forward Tobias Harris expected to have his family members in Dix Hills watching as he started against the Knicks -- his favorite team growing up. Harris, 20, starred at Half Hollow Hills West and Long Island Lutheran.

"To be a kid, watching the Knicks play a lot, and then to be able to go against them now, it does mean a lot," said Harris, who scored two points in 9:35 against the Knicks.

Knicks tops

The Knicks edged out the Heat in the latest jersey sales rankings, according to the NBA. It's the first time since 2004 that the Knicks have been No. 1. LeBron James was the top player.

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