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Italian-American former basketball player and head coach

  • D'Antoni, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship.
  • D'Antoni's nickname in Europe was Arsène Lupin for his ability to steal balls from other players.
  • While head coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 33 more wins than the previous season.
  • D'Antoni began his career as head coach for his most loyal club, Milan.
  • He remained for four seasons, from 1990 to 1994, leading the club to the 1992 European Championship Final Four and 1993 Korac Cup.
  • The first NBA coaching job held by D'Antoni was with the Denver Nuggets in 1997-98 as the club's director of player personnel.
  • In 2002, he made his return to the NBA as a Phoenix Suns assistant.
  • In 2003, D'Antoni was hired with 61 games left in the season as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
  • D'Antoni was selected to the coaching staff for the Team USA Olympic Basketball squad.
  • D'Antoni resigned as coach on March 14, 2012, and assistant coach Mike Woodson filled his vacancy as the head coach.
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