|Mike D'Antoni could sit out next season. (Getty Images)|
Mike D'Antoni, architect of the famous hurry-up offense and former coach of the New York Knicks, says that he probably won't be coaching during the 2012-2013 season. D'Antoni resigned back in March and has kept a low-profile over the last few months, as interim coach Mike Woodson guided the team to a first round exit from the playoffs.
This week, D'Antoni told SI.com that the Knicks "weren't going anywhere" with him as coach and said this about his closing days: "I'm not going to do any woe-is-me. There's a lot of pressure but that's why they pay you. It's still a great job, and I think Woody [Woodson] will do a great job. It got to the point where we had problems, we could not solve them, and an obstacle had to be removed."
Besides legendary former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, D'Antoni is arguably the biggest coaching name on the market. He boats a career coaching record of 388-339 (.534) with the Phoenix Suns and the Knicks and is currently an assistant coach for Team USA.
However, D'Antoni tells SI.com that, while he wants to continue his coaching career, he likely will not be coaching next year, for family reasons.
I'm not making a secret about that. I want to get back. But nothing is going on now, and the smart money says that I will hang out here [at his suburban home]. Michael will be a senior and to let him finish and graduate would be one good reason to stay here for a year.He also denied any contact with the Orlando Magic whose coach, Stan Van Gundy, has been on the hot seat throughout the season due to a fractured relationship with All-Star center Dwight Howard.
Nobody has called me about the Orlando job. When I saw those stories, I immediately texted Stan [Van Gundy, the Magic coach] and told him it was [expletive].D'Antoni's abrupt exit in New York raised some eyebrows but it did allow him to escape the flak that would have come with continuing to butt heads with All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony and the disappointment that surrounded a second straight first round exit in a series in which New York was never really that competitive.
In hindsight, this seems like a good reminder that the most important part of bailing out is knowing when to pull the parachute.