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D’Antoni Has Left the Building

Mike DAntoni

Mike D'Antoni is gone

It has seemed inevitable for some time now, so Mike D’Antoni’s resignation from his position as head coach of the New York Knicks shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.  After Mondays loss to the Chicago Bulls there were many reports and speculation about the team and coach parting ways.  Coach D’Antoni’s agent, Warren LeGarie, was quoted saying that the separation was “a mutual decision” because both the coach and team have “conflicting views of the Knicks’ future.”

Assistant coach Mike Woodson is expected to finish out the season as Interim Head Coach.

D’Antoni’s resignation is going to be coming with a large amount of questions.  Now that D’Antoni is gone, are the Knicks going to be the playoff contender that we all thought they could?  Should the Knicks make any other moves before the end of the season to help fix their team to fit Mike Woodson?  If this season ends a failure who do you bring in to be head coach?  Phil Jackson?  ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher said on Sportscenter today to not be surprised if John Calipari is contacted to be the new head coach.  (read Calipari blog below)

I don’t think that this resignation can fix all the problems that the Knicks are encountering right now but I do feel it is a good first step.  I find it hard to blame everything that has gone on this season solely on Mike D’Antoni, but I do feel he deserves to harbor most of the blame.  If there has ever been a time where Carmelo Anthony can prove that it hasn’t been himself who is the problem with this team, this is it.

Tell us how you think this move in the Knicks organization will affect the outcome of this season and what you think will happen in the future for this team.


6 responses

  1. BMG

    Could not be happier. Hopefully this will lead a necessary turn around for the Knicks that will allow us to watch them in the playoffs!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    • First of all, let’s not get too excited about what they did last night against Atlanta because the Hawks looked absolutely dreadful. If they put up those numbers in Friday and Saturdays home and home against Indiana then we can get excited. Secondly Mike D’Antoni is a great coach but for a coach to be great he needs his owner to back him up. James “The Devil” Dolan not only revamped the team every half season for the last four years but he also never listen to coach Mike. Lastly, I still feel that we have some issues on our team. If everyone just buys in and plays like they’re supposed to then we definitely might be able to make some noise in the playoffs.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      • And by Atlanta Hawks I mean Portland Trailblazers…lol

        March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

  2. Carlos solis

    Before anything I want to appreciate  mike D’antoni, for his resignation. The knicks players showed last  night that a change was needed. They played good Bball in the beginning of the their new era with the interim coach Woodson.  They showed an excellent effort in both ends of the court. I believe that if they keep showing the same effort for the rest of the season, they could definitely  make the playoffs and have a good run.  We gotta believe!

    March 15, 2012 at 7:50 AM

  3. edb

    It was more than time for Mike D”Antoni to leave as Knick’s coach. When the Knicks are forced into a half-court offense, they must create a shot. There are no set plays in D’Antoni’s system, so many times the Knicks are helpless. They lack Basketball intelligence when passing. They attempt to solve offensive woes with three point shots. A coach must be held responsible. for all of the above. Even though Mike Woodson is there to aid with defense, D’Antoni lacks any defensive insight. Ask yourself this question,
    would any of this happen regularly on a Phil Jackson or Doc rivers coached team? EDB

    March 15, 2012 at 2:42 AM

  4. Couldn’t be any happier about today’s news. A few weeks ago it looked like D’Antoni was on his way out til Jeremy Lin came on the scene. It looked as if Lin was going to save the coaches job, but in the end, it may have been Lin who ended up costing him. D’Antoni gave Lin, a D-League PG full control over the offense, even after Carmelo came back into the lineup. It is know known that D’Antoni gave Lin the option of looking away from the stars on the team and deferring to himself whenever he saw fit.

    Against Chicago, Lin made eye contact with both Melo and Tyson Chandler on two separate plays and then looked the other way. The frustration by both players was obvious, especially Chandler. Lin is an average PG who had a nice start, but should not be able to look away from proven NBA stars like Melo and Stoudemire. It makes Zero sense to have a player making barely over a million this year taking more shots than your $100 million dollar investments. D’Antoni giving Lin that freedom was an absolute mistake, in the basketball and business sense.

    In Atlanta, Woodson focused on defense and played a lot of isolation on offense. Joe Johnson thrived for him and now it is Carmelo’s turn to do the same. I think this move is the absolute right one for the team, D’Antoni’s system was good in Phoenix but not a good match for the Knicks personnel. It is now time for Carmelo to show he’s the player the Knicks gave up 3/4 of their roster for last year, and I am confident he will prove all the haters wrong.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

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