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May 9-11

Mike D'Antoni

(As of 1/23/13)
 

Internationally experienced Mike D’Antoni returned in 2009 to the USA National Team sidelines for a second three-year assignment.

“I consider it an honor to represent our country by returning to the staff of USA Basketball. Our players' and staff's commitment to this great program was so evident during the Beijing Games that we want to continue the excellence on and off the basketball court,” said D'Antoni.

All told, USA Basketball National Teams with D'Antoni a member of the coaching staff have logged an impressive 49-1 win-loss record for a shinning .980 winning percentage.

Back on the USA bench in 2012, D'Antonio assisted the American men to a gold medal showing and 8-0 record at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and a 5-0 mark during the USA's pre-Olympic exhibition games. Named an assistant for the 2010 World Championship, D’Antoni was forced to withdraw because of a back injury.

As an assistant with the 2006-08 USA National Team, D’Antoni helped the U.S. to a remarkable 36-1 record and gold medal finishes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, and a bronze medal showing at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

D'Antoni accepted his fourth NBA head coaching position on Nov. 12, 2012, when he agreed to take over the Los Angeles Lakers seven games into the 2012-13 season.

D'Antoni, who resigned on March 14, 2012, as the New York Knicks head coach, compiled a 121-167 record. In his three-plus seasons of massive rebuilding, D’Antoni led the Knicks to records of 32-50, 29-51 and 42-40 in 2010-11, and was 18-24 when he resigned.

In 2009-10, the Knicks ranked second in the NBA in 3-point field goals. Their 743 3-pointers represented the second-highest total in club history, behind only the 823 racked up by D'Antoni's first Knicks team in 2008-09. His Knicks ranked ninth in the NBA in scoring (102.1 ppg.), and in 2009-10 the Knicks averaged 105.2 ppg. (4th in the NBA), marking the first time in nearly two decades that the Knicks put together back-to-back 100+ point seasons.

In five NBA seasons as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, D'Antoni compiled a remarkable 253-136 record for a 65.0 winning percentage and earned four consecutive playoff appearances. In his last four seasons the Suns won 55, 61, 54 and 62 games and had an overall record of 232-96 for a stellar 70.7 winning percentage.

D'Antoni joined the Phoenix Suns coaching staff on June 25, 2002, as the lead assistant coach and brought with him a 30-year professional basketball background that included stints in the NBA, ABA and the Italian League. Eighteen months after joining the Suns staff, he took the reins as head coach on Dec. 10, 2003.

D’Antoni earned head coaching honors of the 2007 NBA West All-Star squad and led the West to a 153-132 victory over the East, and in the process the Western squad set All-Star records with 69 made field goals and 52 assists.

In his first full season (2004-05) as Phoenix' head mentor, he engineered the then third-largest turnaround in NBA history, guiding the Suns to a club record-tying 62 wins, a remarkable 33-game improvement on the team's 29-53 record in 2003-04.

By claiming 62 victories, Phoenix became only the second NBA team (1979-80 Boston Celtics) to win 60 or more games after a 50-loss season.

He was named the NBA Coach of the Year for 2004-05 and led the Suns' explosive offense to a league-best 110.4 points per game, as they became the first team since the 1994-95 Orlando Magic to average more than 110 points. The team's 16.2-point increase from 2003-04 (94.2) ranked as the largest increase in team scoring since the advent of the shot clock. Phoenix topped 100 points in 68 of 82 games in 2004-05 and broke the NBA single-season record for 3-pointers made with 796.

D'Antoni was head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season (14-36), and was the club's director of player personnel in 1997-98. He was also an assistant for Portland in 2000-01 and a scout for San Antonio during the 1999-2000 campaign.

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Most Influential Personalities in European Club Basketball history by Euroleague Basketball.

D'Antoni also coached eight seasons in the Italian League and compiled a 288-101 regular season win-loss record for a 74.0 winning percentage. He also compiled a 37-23 record in the Italian League Playoffs.

He was head coach for four seasons (1990-91 through 1993-94) with Milan Olympia and four seasons (1994-95 through 1996-97, 2001-02) with Treviso Benetton. He led teams to two Italian League regular season championships (1991 and 1997), his teams made the playoffs in each of his eight seasons, and he won two Playoffs (1997 and 2001). He was twice named the league's Coach of the Year.

His Benetton team captured the Cup of Europe and Cup of Italy in 1994-95 and won the Italian League title in 1996-97 after a 22-4 regular season. D'Antoni guided Philips Milan to the 1993 Korac Cup and to the Italian League regular season crown in 1990-91.

D'Antoni - a dual citizen of the United States and Italy - was an All-NBA Rookie second team choice in 1974 after the Kansas City-Omaha Kings selected him with the 20th pick in the 1973 NBA Draft. He played two-plus seasons for the Kings before joining the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis and the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

D'Antoni then moved to Italy where he played 13 seasons for Milan and became the club's all-time leading scorer. An Italian League legend, Milan teams with D'Antoni as a member compiled a regular season mark of 378-160 for a sterling 70.3 winning percentage, and he also aided his teams to a 62-28 win-loss record in playoff games for a 68.9 winning percentage.

He was voted the league's top point guard of all time in 1990 and paced his team to five Italian League regular season titles (1980, 1983, 1984, 1985 and1986), five playoff championships (1982, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989), two Cups of Europe (1987 and 1988), two Cups of Italy, one Korac Cup (1985) and one Intercontinental Cup. He was selected to play on the Italian national team for the World Cup in 1989 and was a part of the Milan team that competed in the inaugural McDonald's Open in 1987.

A native of Mullens, W. Va., D'Antoni played three varsity seasons (1970-71 to 1972-73) at Marshall University (W.Va.) and compiled a 59-21 win-loss record for a 73.8 winning percentage. Graduating as the school's career assist leader (659), while compiling 1,227 career points, D'Antoni earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 1972 and 1973, and was invited to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team Trials.

He and his wife Laurel have one son, Michael.

 

 

USA Basketball Coaching Record:

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Team Position
Record
Pct. Record /Finish
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach
8-0
1.000
Gold Medal
2012 USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach
5-0
1.000
N/A
2008 USA Olympic Team Assistant Coach
8-0
1.000
Gold Medal
2008 USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach
5-0
1.000
N/A
2007 USA Olympic Qualifying Team Assistant Coach
10-0
1.000
Gold Medal
2006 USA World Championship Team Assistant Coach
8-1
.889
Bronze Medal
2006 USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach
5-0
1.000
N/A
Totals 4 International Competitions
49-1
.980
3 Gold Medals
1 Bronze Medal



NBA/Professional Head Coaching Record:

Year NBA Team
Regular Season Record
Playoffs Record
Post Season / Notes
2011-12 New York Knicks

18-24

2010-11 New York Knicks

42-40

0-5

Eastern Conference First Round
2009-10 New York Knicks

29-53

2008-09 New York Knicks

32-50

2007-08 Phoenix Suns

55-27

1-4

Western Conference First Round
2006-07 Phoenix Suns

61-21

6-5

Western Conference Semifinals / Pacific Division Champions
2005-06 Phoenix Suns
54-28
10-10
Western Conference Finals / Pacific Division Champions
2004-05 Phoenix Suns
62-20
9-6
Western Conference Finals / Pacific Division Champions
2003-04 Phoenix Suns
21-40
 
2001-02 Treviso Benetton (ITA)
*44-13
9-1

RegularSeason Champions / Playoffs Champions

1997-98 Denver Nuggets
14-36
 
1996-97 Treviso Benetton (ITA)
*33-9
9-3
Regular Season Champions / Playoffs Champions
1995-96 Treviso Benetton (ITA)
*35-14
4-4
1994-95 Treviso Benetton (ITA)
*43-8
5-4
1993-94 Milan Olympia (ITA)
*28-18
2-3
1992-93 Milan Olympia (ITA)
*37-13
1-2
Regular Season Runner-up
1991-92 Milan Olympia (ITA)
*42-14
1-2
1990-91 Milan Olympia (ITA)
*26-12
6-4
Regular Season Champions/Playoffs Runner-up

 

Overall Career Record (includes Regular Season and Playoff records): 739-492 (.600) 18 Years
NBA Regular Season Career Record: 388-339 (.534) 10 Years
NBA Playoffs Record: 26-29 (.473) 5 Playoffs
Italian League Regular Season Career Record: 288-101 (.740) 8 Years
Italian League Career Playoff Record: 37-23 (.617) 8 Playoffs

 

*Record includes regular season, Euro League and National Cup results.