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Mike D'Antoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. He holds American and Italian dual citizenship. D'Antoni is currently head coach of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He has worked for the Phoenix franchise since 2003, and won the NBA Coach of the Year Award for the 2004-05 after leading the Suns to a 62-20 record and a trip to the Western Conference Finals. May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (130th in leap years). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Mullens is a city located in Wyoming County, West Virginia. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Multiple citizenship is simultaneous citizenship in two or more countries (whether it is recognized by all countries or not). ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Player career

After a college career at Marshall University, D'Antoni was drafted by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the 2nd round of the 1973 NBA Draft. He was all-NBA Rookie Second Team choice for 1974. After 3 seasons for the Kings (1974-1976), he Played for St. Louis Spirits of the American Basketball Association in 1976, and for San Antonio Spurs (again NBA) in 1977. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team which is based in Sacramento, California. ... 1973 NBA Draft Round 1 Notable post-first round picks Categories: | ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... For information about the ABA that began in 2000 see American Basketball Association (21st century). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... It has been suggested that San Antonio Gunslingers (ABA) be merged into this article or section. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


D'Antoni was then called by the Italian team of Olimpia Milano, starting a great European career which turned him later in the club's all-time leading scorer. He was voted the league’s top point guard of all time in 1990 and he paced his team to five Italian League titles, two Cups of Europe, two Cups of Italy, one Korac Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. Being of Italian origins, D'Antoni was also selected to play on the Italy national basketball team for the World Cup in 1989. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The Korac Cup was an annual basketball club competition held by FIBA between the years 1972 and 2002. ... The Italian National Basketball Team is managed by the Italian Basketball Federation. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


D'Antoni nickname in Europe was Arsène Lupin for his ability in stealing balls from other players. Arsène Lupin is the name of a fictional gentleman thief who appears in a book series of detective fiction / crime fiction novels written by French writer Maurice Leblanc, as well as a number of non-canonical sequels and numerous film, television, stage play and comic book adaptations. ...


Coach career

D’Antoni began his career as head coach for his most loyal club, Milan: here he remained for four seasons, from 1990 to 1994, leading the club to the 1993 Korac Cup. He was then chosen to coach Pallacanestro Treviso (Benetton), another major Italian basketball club. During his tenure (19941997), the team captured the Cup of Europe and Coppa Italia (in 1995) and won the domestic league title in 1996-97. Coach D’Antoni's Italian teams went to the playoffs each season, and he was twice voted the league’s Coach of the Year. MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Benetton Basket is an Italian basketball club from Treviso, the headquarters city of its longtime owner Benetton. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


First NBA coaching job was with the Denver Nuggets in 1998-99, and was the club’s director of player personnel in 1997-98. He was also an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000-01 and a scout for San Antonio Spurs during the 1999-2000 season. The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Recently selected to the coaching staff for the Team USA Olympic Basketball squad under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Pundits believe his familiarity with the three point shot and the zone defense, hallmarks of the international game, will be valuable assets to the team. Michael William Krzyzewski (; in American English transliteration shuh-shef-skee; born February 13, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois), often referred to as Coach K, is the head coach of the Duke University mens basketball team. ...


D'Antoni has dual citizenship in the United States and Italy: this made him the first Italian ever to lead an NBA team. He is fluent in both English and Italian. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Trivia

  • D'Antoni was the favorite Italian basketball player of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant when he was growing up in Italy. D'Antoni was also the reason why Kobe originally chose the number 8.
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Phoenix Suns Head Coaches

KerrColangeloFitzsimmonsvan Breda KolffColangeloMacLeodVan ArsdaleWetzelFitzsimmonsWestphalFitzsimmonsAingeSkilesJohnsonD'Antoni Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team, based in Los Angeles, California, which plays in the National Basketball Association. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... John G. “Red” Kerr (b. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Willem Hendrik Butch Van Breda Kolff (born October 28, 1922 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... John Matthew MacLeod (born October 3, 1937 in New Albany, Indiana) is a former basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. ... Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... John Francis Wetzel (born October 22, 1944) in Waynesboro, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon) is a former professional basketball and baseball player who played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach. ... Franklin Lenard Johnson (born November 23, 1958 in Weirsdale, Florida) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...

Preceded by
Bill Hanzlik
Denver Nuggets Head Coach
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Dan Issel
Preceded by
Frank Johnson
Phoenix Suns Head Coach
2003–
Succeeded by
Current
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Phoenix Suns Head Coaches

KerrColangeloFitzsimmonsvan Breda KolffColangeloMacLeodVan ArsdaleWetzelFitzsimmonsWestphalFitzsimmonsAingeSkilesJohnsonD'Antoni William Henry (Bill) Hanzlik (born December 6, 1957 in Middletown, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ... Daniel Paul Issel ( October 25, 1948 in Batavia, Illinois) is a star basketball player. ... Franklin Lenard Johnson (born November 23, 1958 in Weirsdale, Florida) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... John G. “Red” Kerr (b. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Willem Hendrik Butch Van Breda Kolff (born October 28, 1922 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... John Matthew MacLeod (born October 3, 1937 in New Albany, Indiana) is a former basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. ... Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... John Francis Wetzel (born October 22, 1944) in Waynesboro, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon) is a former professional basketball and baseball player who played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach. ... Franklin Lenard Johnson (born November 23, 1958 in Weirsdale, Florida) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...

Current Head Coaches of the National Basketball Association
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division Central Division Southeast Division
Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) Scott Skiles (Chicago Bulls) Mike Woodson (Atlanta Hawks)
Lawrence Frank (New Jersey Nets) Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) Bernie Bickerstaff (Charlotte Bobcats)
Isiah Thomas (New York Knicks) Flip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) Pat Riley (Miami Heat)
Maurice Cheeks (Philadelphia 76ers) Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers) Brian Hill (Orlando Magic)
Sam Mitchell (Toronto Raptors) Larry Krystkowiak (Milwaukee Bucks) Eddie Jordan (Washington Wizards)
Western Conference
Northwest Division Pacific Division Southwest Division
George Karl (Denver Nuggets) Don Nelson (Golden State Warriors) Avery Johnson (Dallas Mavericks)
Randy Wittman (Minnesota Timberwolves) Mike Dunleavy (LA Clippers) Jeff Van Gundy (Houston Rockets)
Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers) Phil Jackson (LA Lakers) Tony Barone (Memphis Grizzlies)
Bob Hill (Seattle SuperSonics) Mike D'Antoni (Phoenix Suns) Byron Scott (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets)
Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz) Eric Musselman (Sacramento Kings) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)

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InsideHoops.com - Mike D'Antoni NBA Basketball Coach of Year Award for 2004-05 (607 words)
Phoenix Suns Coach Mike D’Antoni has been named the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2004-05 season, the NBA announced today.
D’Antoni, who is in his first full season as the Suns’ head coach, received 326 points, including 41 first-place votes, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
D’Antoni, only the second Phoenix Suns coach to be honored as NBA Coach of the Year (Cotton Fitzsimmons, 1988-89), 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 over 110 points.
InsideHoops.com - Phoenix Suns re-sign coach Mike D'Antoni (528 words)
The 12th head coach in club history, 53-year-old D'Antoni has been in basketball for 31 years, as a player, coach, front office executive and scout in the NBA, ABA and the Italian League.
D'Antoni was also an assistant coach with Portland in the 2000-01 season and was a scout with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1999-00 season.
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.
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