This is a tough call. I’ll let you help me answer the question in the title. But first consider this, written by Berman in his blog this weekend:
When D’Antoni took this job, he promised he would adjust to the cast. Let’s see him do that the next three weeks instead of throwing Curry out there to look bad and to fail.
Maybe Mike can even call Isiah Thomas and ask him about the systems he ran for Eddy during his near All-Star campaign two seasons ago when he got double and triple-teamed. Mike said he would use Isiah as a resource and I’d bet they haven’t talked once this season.
Curry is still talking about how much he cares, how much he wants to help, how much he wants to play. He’s a sensitive sort and needs the head coach to embrace him, not make wise cracks that he didn’t play him in the second half because “I didn’t want him to foul out.”
Were those “systems” Isiah set up for Curry so great? The Knicks won 33 games that year, and they didn’t have their lottery pick. Chicago had it. They got it from Isiah. For Curry. Mike D’Antoni’s Suns won 61 games that year. No team Isiah has been involved with as an executive or coach has ever broken 48 wins.
So I don’t think Mike D’Antoni should be asking Isiah Thomas about anything having to do with basketball.
As for Curry being a “sensitive sort”, maybe it’s an unwritten code that unashamed, unapologetic slobs stand up for one another. So Berman, you played your part. But it’s not D’Antoni’s job to coddle Curry. At least not when Curry can’t get in the requisite shape to play more than 2-3 minutes a game, or damage his knees beneath the aggregated lard of so many Big Macs. When Curry shows some respect for his job, his teammates, his team, and the fans, then maybe D’Antoni should cut him some slack. Then again, if that happens, Curry won’t be a fat slob, so D’Antoni won’t have to. Besides, what D’Antoni said was a joke. Much like Berman’s tenure with the Post since about 2004.
UPDATE: Writing about Chris Duhon’s take on the frequent roster turnover on the team this season, Berman stated:
When Duhon chose the Knicks over Orlando last July, he didn’t realize the team was more concerned about 2010.
Really? Then why did he sign a 2 year deal? That’s not typical in the NBA. What did Duhon think that was all about? Berman offers no quote from Duhon or further explanation.