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Mike D’Antoni resigns as coach of New York Knicks


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.

Anthony denies he wants to be traded from Knicks; Jerry Sloan as coach?

Brandon Bass, Carmelo Anthony

As you knew was coming, Carmelo Anthony and his camp are denying the report that he want to be traded from the Knicks.

And while he’s at it ‘Melo wants you to know he is all good with Mike D’Antoni. Here is the quote, via the Associated Press.

But Anthony calls the report (he wanted out of the Knicks) “nonsense,” adding that he’s faced adversity throughout his career and “I’ve never ran from it and I’m not about to pick today to start running from it.”

Anthony’s agent Leon Rose told Frank Isola of the Daily News the reports were “nonsense.”

Anthony can deny anything and everything to his heart’s content, there are clearly issues within the Knicks team and front office. A strong leader needs to emerge to lead this franchise out of the wilderness.

How about Jerry Sloan? The hard-nosed, hard-a** longtime coach of the Jazz is interested, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

While retired Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson has frequently been named as a possible successor to D’Antoni, sources close to retired Utah coach Jerry Sloan say he would be interested in the position. Sloan retired abruptly in February 2011, and was pursued by a number of teams during the summer before resisting the recruiting efforts. In an interview with SI.com in early January, he said he was considering a return.

As an NBA blogger who needs material, dear God please let the Knicks hire Sloan. I want to cover his reaction to ‘Melo’s “effort” on defense, Jeremy Lin’s turnovers and whatever it is Amare Stoudemire is doing on offense lately. I want to be there when Sloan challenges Anthony to a fight.

And for the record, I’d take Sloan.

Another report that Mike D’Antoni’s job is safe. For now.

Mike D'Antoni, Bennie Adams

Knicks fans may think a change in coach is long past due, what with the 9-15 record in a season that held so much promise, but Knicks management continues to be patient. For once.

Echoing other reports from inside the team over the past month, Newsday reports that Mike D’Antoni’s job is safe. For now.

A league source said D’Antoni isn’t in danger of losing his job. If the losing continues, however, that could change.

The coach himself said he is not worried about what happens.

“It doesn’t do anything for me,” D’Antoni said. “If I do my job well, then things will be good. If we don’t win, it will happen. I’m not worried one way or another, to be honest with you. I know, it’s kind of, ‘Yeah, right.’ That’s one good thing about being 60 years old. You don’t have to worry too much.”

There are things on the horizon that could help D’Antoni and the Knicks. One is Baron Davis, who still is battling a back issues but could join the team in the coming weeks and give them the true point guard they need to run D’Antoni’s system. (Davis is not the answer, but he’s better than what they’ve got.) The Knicks also will be in the running or J.R. Smith when his season ends in China, and he would bring needed perimeter scoring and shooting. (But Smith is also a ball stopping gunner, something the Knicks really don’t need.)

As we’ve said before, the Knicks front office needs to take a lot of the blame for the 9-15 start to the season — they hired D’Antoni to run the “seven seconds or less” offense then never gave him payers that would fit that style. Why hire D’Antoni if you’re not going to give him players that fit his system?

But D’Antoni is not blameless. He’s been stubborn when he needs to adjust his system — you have to coach the roster you have, not the one you wish you had. So far there not has been enough of that.

If tomorrow the Knicks fired D’Antoni things would not instantly get better (unless you’re a giant Mike Woodson fan). No reason to hit the panic button now.

But if the Knicks continue on their current path and miss the playoffs, D’Antoni’s job security will be nonexistent.

May be another week or more before Davis joins Knicks

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The Knicks are impatient. Losing will do that to you, and the Knicks are 1-9 in their last 10. Knicks fans are building a Texas A&M sized bonfire under coach Mike D’Antoni’s seat.

Everyone is waiting to see what Baron Davis brings. It’s unfair to have him thrust into the role of savior, but he is the only big change on the horizon. And nobody is patiently waiting for him. Even the players wonder what is going on, reports the New York Post.

Some Knicks are surprised point guard Baron Davis did not make his debut on their four-game recent road trip, according to a person familiar with the situation… Davis, who has not played this season because of herniated disks, keeps postponing his Knicks debut after returning to practice one week ago because he feels he is not sharp or strong enough yet in scrimmages.

And it may be another week or more before he does step on the court, reports the New York Times.

Baron Davis probably will not make his Knicks debut for another week or two, according to people familiar with his rehabilitation. Davis, who is recovering from a herniated disk, is considered physically sound, but he is still working his way back into basketball shape after nine months of relative inactivity. Davis just began practicing last Monday, and he has been scrimmaging full court.

Baron Davis is not the answer for the Knicks. But he is an answer, he is better than any point guards on their roster and will organize the offense better than Toney Douglas or Iman Shumpert or Jeremy Lin. The problem is history shows Davis tends to lost focus and start shooting when he should pass, he’ll stop pushing the pace.

Knicks fans are hoping history does not repeat itself. But with the Knicks currently on the outside looking in at the playoffs, everyone around the team just wants and needs Davis on the court. Sooner rather than later. He’s their best hope on the roster.

Report: D’Antoni’s job with Knicks safe. For now at least.

Mike D'Antoni

Apparently the Knicks are not planning to end the Mike D’Antoni era any time soon.

Then again, Flip Saunders got a direct vote of confidence from his owner just a couple weeks before the axe fell.

But as of right now, there are no plans to make a move — but D’Antoni’s fate could rest with Baron Davis, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Which should make D’Antoni sick to his stomach.

But sources close to the situation say that D’Antoni is safe for now and the foreseeable future. Owner James Dolan is remaining patient, and D’Antoni, who is in the final year of his contract, will be given an opportunity to make the most of the Baron Davis experiment that is about to begin.

There are two schools of thought on D’Antoni. But both begin with one basic, indisputable fact — he has not been given the players to run his system. Knicks brass has traded away every decent point guard they had and saddled him with prolific but inefficient scorers like Carmelo Anthony.

One school of thought is that D’Antoni should adjust his system to the talent he has been given. We will call this the “most Knicks fans school of thought.” Especially those that want his head. Their argument is you coach what you are given and he should stop trying to fit square pegs into round holes, or ‘Melo into a point forward role. Those fans are ready for the Phil Jackson era (which is another story…).

The other school is the “you can’t blame the guy when you didn’t give him the right parts” theory. This is my school of thought. This would have been like the NFL’s Buccaneers hiring Chip Kelly out of Oregon then giving him some run-blocking offensive linemen and straight ahead runners but no quarterback of note. (Which would have been a very Tampa Bay thing to do.) You hire Kelly because of his system, you have to give him the pieces to make it work. You hired D’Antoni because of his success running “seven seconds or less” so give him players that fit the system, not inefficient ball stoppers.

Either way, clearly D’Antoni’s seat is getting hot. Baron Davis is not going to be the answer (he’s an answer, better than what they have, but not the answer). Whether or not he survives this season, and whether or not they bring him back next year, this is on the Knicks front office and owner James Dolan, not D’Antoni.