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Toney Douglas... D'antoni is wastring his talent.

Toney Douglas was a premiere player in the best conference in college basketball (for Big East fans, I'll settle for being tied for the best conference in basketball).  He was defensive player of the year in this conference, and led his team almost single-handedly to their first NCAA tournament appearance in over a decade.  When it mattered most, in the ACC tournament, he led his team to the championship, defeating the future champion Tar Heels.  Now, he rides the bench behind not one but TWO guards, Sergio and Duhon.  When Nate played over him, I understood- they were trying to up his appeal across the league.  But tonight's game against the Thunder was one of the most disappointing things I've seen.  In 53 minutes of play, Douglas saw the floor a total of zero seconds.  In one of his two starts this season, he put up 23 points (how many times has Duhon done that?).  Most importantly, he is a terrific defensive player, which the Knicks could clearly use.  He is a pure competitor and a hard worker, and even as a person is someone worthy of praise (irrelevant, but I threw it in there).  I don't know enough about Sergio to make a judgement, but I can say with 100% confidence that Douglas IS better than Duhon- and not just a little better, I can't even begin to understand how D'antoni plays Duhon over Toney.  Not to mention, great move putting T-Mac on the floor for a total of about 30 seconds in overtime after he was hitting shots all night.  D'antoni is not a great coach, or he would have won with two all stars and a great supporting cast in Phoenix.  I'm not even sure he's a good coach anymore.  Unless he somehow gets a Lebron-Bosh combo with T-Mac staying around, a group that my 4 year old cousin could coach to an NBA championship, he won't ever win it all in this league.


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