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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. dirtybird2020 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Cavs had all the talent in the world, you dont go number 1 and have a guy who sucks in the 4th carrying them their, hughs, big z prime, ben wallace defensive master, west, shaq( past prime), moon, antwawn jamison, verajo, and mo williams, get real had no talent, if lebron wanted a player they got it, they sucked last year but what happens when you bring a # 1 pick in?? You become a playoff team, all that team ever was with lebron,, fact except it heat fans, thats why he joined wades team haha

    • heat256 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Hughes sucks…no team wants him…Big Z had foot problems for years and was good for a very small amount of time before injuries robbed him….Moon is a nobody….most others are scrubs or were past their prime when brought in. James got them as far as he could and didn’t want to do it all himself. So what? Do you own your own business? If so, you’d know that sometimes being under the pressure of being expected to have every single answer to every single problem wears on you. That’s why some people like to work for companies and others like to own their own. Doesn’t make anyone more or less better than another. Grow up. Your name indicates you’re in ATL and are a Hawks fan, which explains a lot. Enjoy the Joe Johnson/Heinrich/Injured Al Horford Experience. I’ll enjoy good basketball played by the Heat, Thunder, Bulls and others.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      holy cow…can’t believe i’m actually agreeing with dirtybird. the cavs did get players, who were THOUGHT to be valuable compliment pieces, around LeBron. i remember people were very happy when they got hughes, jamison, williams, shaq, etc…they had the best record for 2 years in a row…so i don’t but into that LeBron did it by himself. they were a great team…just not the best/hottest in the playoffs.

  2. blsessex - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Are you f’ing kidding me? They should have traded Melo and Amare and kept D’Antoni. Management is corrupt.

    Perceptive people knew it was not going to be good when Melo came back. I saw him on the bench during Linsanity and something about him didn’t seem right.

    I think he knew all along he was going to kill Linsanity and Lin. If all the good guys (basically everyone except Melo and Amare) don’t leave, they will be infected by the Melo cancer.

  3. rooney24 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    The eternal question…….Is it the GM’s job to find players that fit a coach’s system, or a coach’s job to adjust the system to the players he has?

    • bjtmeyer - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      I believe it’s better to find players that fit the coaches system. The NBA ought to just get rid of all of the coaches and let the players coach. That’s where it’s going. Coaches don’t seem to do much coaching in today’s NBA. It’s the players.

  4. njsteeler - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I’ve heard all the “Melo sucks” comments, and all of the “Amare blows” talk, and I do not agree. There is talent on this team. Maybe not perfect, but talent nevertheless. With that talent in hand there is no excuse for this team to be playing as bad as they are right now. Philly, Utah and the Wolves have way less talent yet they play better, because they play hard. That’s a function of coaching! D’Antoni was either way too nice, or clueless on how to get this team to play with some heart, and pride. He had to go. Hopefully Woodson can give this team a testicle transplant, and they can at least start playing with some sense of urgency. The talent is there, and it’s not too late.

    • aigraiders - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      They do suck. Amare had 3 rebounds when the opposing team gets 22 offensive rebounds. Melo takes more shots than anyone on that team and he gets less FT attempts than his teammates. Neither can play any type of defense. Defense creates runs. Those runs are long gone now.

    • dan1434 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      D’Antoni was either way too nice, or clueless on how to get this team to play with some heart, and pride. …….should any coach really have to motivate multi millionairs? We all go to work every day for far less money and put heart and pride into it…an NBA coach should not have to do that…X’s and O’s sure but heart and pride?

    • gavilansalvaje - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      Woodson has already publicly castrated himself as a coach by saying that his two stars will be the offense, and that everyone else will just have to live with it. That is a coach who has abrogated all authority.

  5. dirtybird2020 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    A trade for melo for igudala is what newyork needs, but 76ers would be getting ripped off, iggys more consistant, plays the best defense for that position, shares the ball without grudges,and gets his every night, oh and can guard lebron and dunk on him look it up! Melo blows, iggy would bring everything they need to that team he would be the glue and the toughness to that bum team

  6. bjtmeyer - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    This shows why the NBA sucks compared to college basketball. In college, the players are expected to play the way the coach wants them too. In the NBA, the players set the rules and that’s why I could give a crap about the NBA right now.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Then go away and stop commenting. Players drive the league.

      • bjtmeyer - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        So why even have coaches in the NBA? Let the players the run show.

      • bjtmeyer - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        *run the show

    • mr9teen - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      If you don’t care about the NBA right now then shut up and watch college ball

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      college is only entertaining during conference week and the tournament.

      • pack93z - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        And the NBA regular season is different how? Their regular season is even less relevant than the college game.

        Case in point.. when a sub .500 team in regular season play is competing for a playoff spot in the NBA, how on the earth can you state that it is at all relevant?

        At the very least in college hoops, all most every game for those outside of the top 20 or so has an impact on their post season chances.

        There are two reasons I favor the college game over the NBA..

        1) The overall game is held more pure, a travel is more often a travel called in the college game for instance. Fouls are actually called on “star” players regularly… not just when it is blatant is another example.

        2) Individual players are less of the show than in the league.. there aren’t the massive egos flying all over the place. NCAA is more a team game overall, sure players can still take over a game, but it isn’t as lopsided as the pro game.

        The NBA brand only really garners my attention during the trade deadline, the draft and during the playoffs. The regular season for the most part is a joke.

  7. tominma - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    If the Knicks management had any cojones, they would have suspended Carmelo without pay for a couple of weeks!!! He’s paid to do what the coach tells him to do while playing. Classic case of inmates running the asylum. D’Anton had the Knicks playing winning basketball until Anthony returned! Then again, this isnt the first thing that the Dolans have screwed up! See his cable companies!

  8. dirtybird2020 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    And iggy can play off the ball allowing lin to have a easier job than the impossible one he got with melo, stoude, jr, and davis, say what you want but newyork would be contenders if they traded melo for iggy

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    FINALLY!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  10. cantonbound13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Not funny! You must be a low life Heat fan!

  11. namriverrat69 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I find it interesting that when Lin came along with his energy and enthusiasm he picked up the whole team. They played tough on defense and all worked together in D’Antoni’s offense and it jelled. Now when Melo comes back it all that enthusiasm and energy drained out of everyone and the system collapsed because Melo didn’t like to play in that system. He had seen it work to perfection and could have busted his ass to become a part of what the team became in his absense, but no, he dragged it back down to what it was before he was hurt.

    Good job Melllllllllooooooo the one dimensional player.

  12. namriverrat69 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I find it interesting that when Lin came along with his energy and enthusiasm he picked up the whole team. They played tough on defense and all worked together in D’Antoni’s offense and it jelled. Now when Melo comes back it all that enthusiasm and energy drained out of everyone and the system collapsed because Melo didn’t like to play in that system. He had seen it work to perfection and could have busted his ass to become a part of what the team became in his absense, but no, he dragged it back down to what it was before he was hurt.

    Good job Melllllllllooooooo the one dimensional player.

  13. namriverrat69 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    It again proves what a negative attitude can do to a team, especially if that attitude is special and catered to and feels he is better than everyone else. He is but he does not know how to curtail he ego and be a part of the team instead of wanting the team to evolve around him. If I was another player on the knicks right now I’d be really pissed.

  14. md23rewlz - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    The coach isn’t the problem. Those pieces don’t make a good team, period.

  15. gmsalpha - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I would resign too, if I were D’Antoni. Dolan and his minions did nothing to complement his style of offense. The roster was simply put together in a way that was destined for failure in the system Mike prefers. Carmelo is poison and buyer beware to any team considering taking him on Orlando .

  16. namriverrat69 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    And yes he won in college but that was playing against boys. Now he is playing with grown up men. Magic did the same thing to Paul Westhead in LA. It is not the first time a player dispute played out like this. I love basketball and have been a big fan of all 4 major sports most of my life. Tired of watching all these overgrown rich kids play street ball for the NBA? Try out the NHL. It will not disappoint. I got introduced to it in Vietnam. It was being shown on military tv and I caught a game with a buddy who was a hockey fan. He explained it to me and it sounded cool. I came home and took in my first game and became hooked for life. I’ve been a season ticket holder for over 26 years. Over the years I’ve put some friends together and we divide up the season., 5th row seats behind the attack goal are not that much when divided up. That goes for any sport. If you have the ability you should jump into any sport you like and take it in first hand. Sports has an entertainment value that cannot be beat.

  17. dman6015 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    As long as Melo is happy! Good luck in the basement, NY.

  18. orlowk - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Big mistake. Knicks will go down fast and you can all thank CA. He’s not a coach and if you think he’s going to listen to the next coach….well, just watch and learn. They had a good thing going, but it’s down hill from here.

  19. caeser12 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I’m not going to lose any sleep over Mike D’Antoni resigning from my beloved Knicks (fan since 1967), and I am less than thrilled with the play of Carmelo, and the sulking, pouting, etc. But, why noone I say again NOONE in the so-called sports media speaking about Amare’ Stoudemire’s culpability in all of this. If he’s still grieving, I understand that (I just lost my Dad), if that’s the case take some time away, clear your head, but if you’re going to play, and you were the big fish from last year, get your ass out there and play some damn D, and grab more than 3 freakin rebounds Son!

    Yes it was time for Mike to go, but now its time for STAT (Standing There Acting Timid) to play some ball. GO Knicks!

  20. rufe - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    It seems winning is important only if it is the winning/Carmelo Anthony formula. Not just winning.

  21. lakerluver - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Dude is vastly overrated as a coach.

  22. caribgal - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    too much melo-drama…

  23. 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I wonder how Lin is going to play performance-wise. This will be a true test to see if he really is legit.

    And sh!t, who saw this coming!? BTW, Melo sucks.

  24. andiroid71 - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    There is no doubt that Melo is a talent. However, comparing him to Kobe is a gross overstatement. Having a Power Forward who constantly needs the ball, slows down play is much more difficult than a player like Kobe who needs the ball, but because of his position, Off Guard, SF, means he also has the skills and ability to distribute the ball. Something Melo is not good at, at least in any consistent sense. Kobe often has at least 6 assists a game, if he struggles, at least he gets other involved. Melo needs to change his game. This Knicks team could be awesome! They have talent in the form of legit superstars but also very eager role players who have shown just what it takes to win games. Something they showed during the absence of Melo & Amare. Hopefully, this new decision will unite them into being the ball club they deserve to be.

  25. truprof - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    So who gets the ax if the Knicks continue to be a train wreck? Woodson? Melo? Stat? Linsanity? I’m willing to bet that, unless Woodson makes some wholesale lineup changes, the Knicks will continue to struggle. And they’ll get no takers, or very low-ball offers if they try to unload Melo or Stat.

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