NEW YORK Mike D'Antoni wrapped up his negotiations with New York on Monday night and will be introduced as the Knicks' new coach at a news conference today.
The Phoenix coach agreed to take the Knicks job Saturday and was in New York on Monday to finalize terms of his contract, reported to be for $24 million over four years.
The Knicks called a news conference for 1 p.m. EDT at Madison Square Garden with D'Antoni and team president Donnie Walsh.
D'Antoni replaces Isiah Thomas, who was fired last month after going 56-108 in two seasons. Walsh took time with his coaching search, waiting to see who would become available after the first round of the playoffs.
The Suns gave D'Antoni permission to seek other jobs after losing to San Antonio in five games last month. The Knicks then beat out the Chicago Bulls for the services of D'Antoni, the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2005 and regarded as one of the league's premier offensive minds.
D'Antoni led the Suns to a 232-96 regular-season record the past four years, winning at least 54 games each season with an uptempo offensive system that favors quick shots and 3-pointers.
The Knicks don't seem to have the personnel to run the system, but Walsh has said he knows it will take time to turn around a team that went 23-59 in its seventh straight losing season.
SUNS IN NO RUSH: There is "no big rush" to hire a new coach for the Phoenix Suns, the team's general manager said Monday.
Steve Kerr said he plans a thorough search that includes people with teams still in the NBA playoffs.
"We're going to make sure we cover our bases," he said. "There's not a huge rush because we're not one of five or six teams out there looking for someone, so we don't feel like we're competing with other people."
The Suns are looking for a coach in the offseason for the first time in two decades after Mike D'Antoni left to become coach of the New York Knicks. D'Antoni's departure followed philosophical differences with Kerr, who took over as GM a year ago.
Kerr said he and owner Robert Sarver wanted D'Antoni to stay, but the coach balked at some of the changes the general manager wanted. Those reportedly included a bigger emphasis on defense, giving playing time to some younger players and perhaps altering his staff.
But Kerr wants no major alteration in the Suns' style.
STERN WANTS REVIEW OF PREGAME NOISE: On the subject of the NBA's infatuation with pregame pyrotechnics, smoke and noise, commissioner David Stern was loud and clear: He's had enough.
"I think they're ridiculous," Stern said Monday before Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics second-round playoff series. "I think that the noise, the fire, the smoke, is a kind of assault that we should seriously consider reviewing in whether it's really necessary given the quality of our game."
His comments came just a few minutes before Cleveland's over-the-top player introductions, which include fire hot enough that fans can feel the heat in the stands shooting out of four swords on the scoreboard.
Such pyrotechnic displays have become common around the league. The barrage of fireworks in Boston is so intense it leaves a fog hanging over the court for most of the first quarter.
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM: League MVP Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett were selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team on Monday, along with Marcus Camby, Bruce Bowen and Tim Duncan.
Garnett, who helped the Boston Celtics to the league's best record, was chosen for the ninth time. The forward was chosen Defensive Player of the Year last month.
Bryant, who earned his eighth selection, and Garnett each received 24 first-place votes from the league's 30 coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Garnett led a defense that held opponents to 90.3 points per game and a league best .418 field goal shooting percentage.
Camby had a league-leading 3.61 blocked shots per game for the Denver Nuggets and was second in rebounds (13.1 per game). Duncan, on the team for the 11th time, and Bowen, making the team for the eighth time, play for the San Antonio Spurs.
The second team is Shane Battier of the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons and Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns.