: Don Chaney's tenuous employment status has created "horrible working conditions" for the Knicks coach, who got to run practice by himself Tuesday as team president Isiah Thomas made two talk-show appearances.
"Horrible working conditions, definitely, but nothing's perfect and you have to deal with it," said Chaney, the target of another "Fire Chaney" chant at Madison Square Garden on Monday night in an overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Chaney said it was the first time in his career -- as a player or a coach -- he's been the object of fans' disdain.
"It's like a dagger. It hurt. It was deep," Chaney said.
A coaching change seems inevitable, especially after Thomas donned a sweat suit Monday to instruct players at the morning shootaround. Thomas later refused to provide any public assurances to Chaney.
"If he wants to give me an answer, that's up to him. I have a job to do, I'm under contract and I do my job," Chaney said.
Chaney said the "Fire Chaney" chant was most affecting his wife of 37 years, Jackie, but it bothered him, too.
"I'm human. You take it home," Chaney said. "She's not used to hearing that. She's only heard cheering when I've been in sports, so it's new to her and it's new to me."
Chaney said he would continue to focus on the details of his job and would not seek out Thomas to discuss his status. But it's clear that the current situation is affecting him.
"It's a lot of pressure, the doubt part of it, the waiting. But I'm not a quitter. I've never quit anything in my entire life," Chaney said. "I don't ever want my players to think I'm at a point where I'd go in and say 'Do something.' I'm going to hang in there."