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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.