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Mike D’Antoni resigns as coach of New York Knicks

Mar 14, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

Mike D'Antoni

Something had to give with the Knicks, and it was coach Mike D’Antoni.

He has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, something first reported  by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and since confirmed by multiple sources.

The two sides described a conflicting vision of the future of the franchise and made a mutual decision to part ways, Woj reports.

Assistant coach Mike Woodson would move into the big chair in the short term (meaning the rest of this season).

The Knicks have lost six in a row and have been in disarray. To put it mildly. But while nobody really expected D’Antoni to keep his job past this season (when his contract was up) the timing comes as a surprise. The move will be seen as a win for Carmelo Anthony and a loss for Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin (who fit D’Antoni’s system

Despite what some Knicks fans think, this is not about to solve the team’s problems.

  1. shockexchange - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    The Shock Exchange predicted the ensuing “cat fight” in NY months ago. But all ya’ll do is make fun of me. Does anybody think Chris Paul wishes he were playing with the Knicks now? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller … Bueller?

    • limonadamas - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      I think you’re looking for “daREALrandolph”. hahaha

    • granadafan - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Talk about delusional. Everyone saw a rift between D’Antoni, who coaches a pass first offense, and Melo, a me first player. Don’t think you’re anything special or have some great observational skills.

  2. broncobeta - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Wow. Melo sucks.

    • boilerup1869 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      So Melo ALMOST got George Karl to quit/axed and definitely got D’Antoni to quit. What a scumbag, me-first player.

      Considering the performance of Knicks during and then after Melo’s missed games, you’d think the Knicks would have gotten a clue about the real problem (fat boy Carmelo).

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      na na na ….. NA NA NA…. Hey HEY HEY…..

  3. drobstad - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    As a Knicks fan I could not be happier about this turn of events. Mike D’Antoni has done absolutely nothing to deserve coaching this team for the last 4 years. He is a nice guy, but the players we have just do not match his system and he has completely lost the locker room. All of the blame has fell on Carmelo Anthony’s feet and that is ridiculous. Any1 who knows anything about basketball knows that Carmelo Anthony is not a negative to any basketball team EVER. D’Antoni was never able to get flow in the offense and that was supposed to be his specialty. Now it’s woody’s turn to prove he deserves to coach this team and can get us on the winning track. So happy right now.

    • gmen4life33 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      really? Denver lost Melo last year, and had better record after he left (Melo was a negative). Knicks have better win % without him too (again, Melo a negative). Dude is a street baller tying to win NBA games. Not going to work

      • florida727 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        Couldn’t agree with “gmen” more. Results don’t lie.

        Watching the Knicks win on cable raises expectations. Raising expectations makes you want Melo back. Melo back results in losses. Losses cause the coach to resign. Coach resigning causes blog post. Blog post causes irritated fan base. Don’t be an irritated fan. Get rid of cable. Upgrade to Direct TV.

      • drobstad - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        The Knicks are like a rutter-less ship right now. D’Antoni was a terrible coach. Nuggets traded one player and got 4 VERY good players in return. Of course they won more games, strip Melo from that team and they become the worst team in the NBA (they traded Chauncy Billups for Allen Iverson). The Knicks gave them a formidable team, the point is that team will NOT win a Championship. The NBA Playoffs require star talent, closers and a deep bench. The Knicks just need to get headed in the right direction and they have all of those needs to make a nice run in the playoffs. You can not deny they have enough talent on their roster to make some serious noise, D’Antoni was just not the right guy to lead the troops. Blaming Carmelo for everything is just jumping on the media bandwagon. The guy can win and will win and this is the right team for that. They just need better leadership and hopefully that comes from Woody.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        I’ve said this before, and I wish certain GMs could get it in their head.

        At the end of the day, regarding players who can’t bring anything to the table besides scoring: they better be efficient. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are.

        Guys like Monta Ellis, Jamal Crawford, and above all, Carmelo Anthony…they’re best suited for being the sixth man off the bench for any legit playoff teams (like a Jason Terry or James Harden role).
        Even if you can put up 25pts/game, if you can’t do it efficiently and are a huge liability on defense (and can’t pass, rebound, set good screens, etc.), your 25 points are really worth like 10 – 15.

        I’d take someone like Andre Iguadala over Carmelo Anthony any day of the week. Andre’s defense and vision are easily worth the 7 – 8 points per game that Carmelo gives you over Andre.

    • chilomane - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Me. Vasquez is a coach killer

    • maestroaria1964 - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      D’Antoni is not one of the best coaches in the NBA but he is in the 2nd tier. He is a great offensive coach but defensively, he is deplorable. However, look what he has to work with — Stoudamire and Melo are horrible defensive players. This team didn’t have a point guard (yeah, Baron Davis is the answer, that’s a joke) until Lin came in and then what happened? They started winning ballgames because Lin bought into D’Antoni’s schemes (movement without the basketball) and Melo wasn’t there to stagnate the offense. Melo kills a movement offense because he wants to isolate and go one-on-one. Melo could have done well in this offense but he would have had to humble himself — that’s never going to happen.

      The Knicks aren’t going to get better by getting rid of D’Antoni — I told my son that Melo will never lead his team to a championship because he always wants the ball in his hands and he doesn’t want to share but this is the bottom line — he doesn’t play defense and defense, not offense, wins championships (and ballgames). Amare is also a defensive liability so it leaves the Knicks pretty much dead when your top stars don’t care about defense.

      There is hope — I hear that the Knicks are trying to get Phil Jackson to come out of retirement. Phil is probably the only coach who can save these Knicks but I’m not sure that Melo and Amare have the intellect, patience or discipline to learn and implement the triangle offense. I also heard that Sloan is willing to coach the Knicks — wow, could you imagine a “no-nonsense” coach like Sloan with Melo and Amare — that sure would be worth the price of admission.

  4. premiumpit - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Good…Something had to be done about this team…

  5. chiadam - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Knicks fans are going to be REALLY upset when they see why Lin was cut by two other teams. He fits one system, and that system belongs to the coach that just “resigned.”

  6. narlo00 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Who cares? If there’s a story about an eastern team that isn’t Miami or Chicago it really doesn’t matter.. East is a 2 man race for the next 3-4 years..

  7. ottomanismydog - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Wheels came off once melo was healthy

  8. seanb20124 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    What ever happened to the Linsanity?

    • pack93z - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      It is still there.. just the rest of the league caught up with him, rapidly.

      Add to it.. nothing seems to motivate the talented apparently than someone else getting their perceived attention. He has a personal bullseye from other guards in the league..

      And honestly, you didn’t see the Knick regression coming with the return of Carmel0.

    • dan1434 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM


    • granadafan - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Melo came back and JR Smith signed.

  9. 20dollardinners - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    1. Melo does not suck. He is just as much of a “black hole” as Kobe Bryant – who won 6 rings. I am not saying Melo is as good as Kobe – I am just saying his style of play works in the right system.

    2. It seems to me that the front office and D’Antoni were never on the same page. Melo is not a good fit for his system as much of the roster is not. I believe the article saying it was mutual for this reason.

    If this was the NFL – D’Antoni deserves to be an offensive coordinator – no more. I’d be surprised to see him coach a top 15 team anytime soon.

    • bparmalee - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      What’s the right system?? Has it been invented yet?? When and exactly how does his style of play work?? Lebron at least drags his teams to the finals….. the Cavs had way less talent than those Nuggets teams had. Oh and I only compare Melo to Lebron because neither have rings….. comparing Melo to Kobe with 5 rings….. would be nuts.

    • denisceo - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Kobe has 5 rings.. 3 with Shaq and 2 with Gasol

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM

        Here we go again…

        …it’s just like saying Magic couldn’t do it without Jabbar (and vice-versa); Bird couldn’t win without McHale and Parish; Jordan without Pippen.

        Give me one stellar player who won multiple championships without any significant teammate(s) to support him.

    • gavilansalvaje - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      While offensively they may be similar, Bryant’s effort on defense is never questioned while ‘melo’s defense is non-existent.

  10. thetooloftools - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Melo is a coach killer. He doesn’t understand their are 5 players on a basketball team.
    Who didn’t see this coming? Can’t wait to see who they drag in to coach this dumpster fire.

  11. spedman24 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Smart move by D’Antoni, Melo is a loser

  12. drunkenjunk - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Dolan deserves most the blame for this, not Melo.

  13. narlo00 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Where’s Lin now? What a joke.. Good thing that guy got an education because he’ll need it come next year.. He sucks..

    • limonadamas - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      that’s great, internet tough-guy.

    • connaniii - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Before stating your “humble” opinion on Lin, I think you´d better ask the Lakers if they thought he stunk the joint out when he burned them for 33 points!!

      • losangelasbasketball - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM

        Lakers don’t gameplan regular season games against eastern conference 1 and done’s…Instead, they spend their time with the gametape of OKC, Clippers, and San Antonio…. you know… the teams they will face in the playoffs… get out of here Lin fan… clowns….

    • gavilansalvaje - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      Is that you, Floyd?

  14. bovice23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Is this going to make Melo play defense?

  15. shockexchange - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    The seeds of D’Antoni’s exit were sewn when Melo arrived > (i) Knicks had to gut the team to get him, (ii) his arrival raised ridiculously high expectations and (iii) he’s a “ball stopper” and high volume shooter that gives you nothing on defense. D’Antoni “fired himself” when he did not veto the Melo trade.

    • goforthanddie - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      He had no say in the matter.

  16. oside760 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    theres a lot more problems with the knicks than just d’antoni

  17. rickastleydancemoves - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    For as offensively talented as Carmelo is, you will never win a title with him. He is a lazy selfish ball stopper that doesn’t play defense.

  18. pack93z - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Melo was good before he let it go to his head, right about the single year of college when JB effectively coached him.

    Since.. he is a head case that wants to be the man.. only he is only willing to play one aspect of the game. Scoring.

    He is the poster child of what ills the NBA currently, players whom what to control the team as a whole. Upset that he isn’t being consult on roster composition.. lol.

    Run Mike run.. things aren’t going to change on the Knicks anytime soon.

  19. SOBEIT - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Wow…Casualty #1 has fallen in the Melo era. Next victim…? Pretty obvious isn’t it.

  20. gnyj85 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Defense wins championships..good move. D’Antoni’s system will NEVER go deep into the playoffs.
    Build around Shump, Lin, Chandler & Fields. All the rest are expendable. Bring back GALLO!

    • 5thbase - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Not sure if you realize, but the guy had his system in the Western Conference Finals two years in a row. Or is that not “deep into the playoffs”?

  21. dirtybird2020 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Melo sucks!

  22. loungefly74 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    this is amazing. the Knicks are a trainwreck.

  23. quizguy66 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM



  24. cap1378 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    It’s about time. Now where’s Phil Jackson?

    • heat256 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Staying as far away as he can from that turd that masquerades as Knicks basketball. Reed, Frazier, DeBusschere, Bradley and other great Knicks of old must see this soap opera and shed a tear. Bring back Isaiah while you’re at it Dolan, or just allow high school kids or schizophrenics to run the club. They can’t do much worse.

    • dan1434 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      phil is with willis,clyde,the pearl,the senator,DaBush and Lucas….retired!

    • goforthanddie - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Laughing his ass off at both the Lakers and Knicks while counting his money and boning Buss’ sister.

  25. asublimeday - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Melo won big in college. Lebron James has won nothing

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      That’s because LeBron never went to college.

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