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vnzla81
03-14-2012, 02:15 PM
@WojYahooNBA: Mike D'Antoni has resigned as New York Knicks coach, a source tells Y! Sports.

Psyren
03-14-2012, 02:17 PM
Id be beyond thrilled if I were a Knicks fan.

Stuckey7370
03-14-2012, 02:18 PM
Great, now they get the effort boost from the coaching change right before they play the Pacers back to back.

IndySDExport
03-14-2012, 02:18 PM
Not very shocking really.

MyFavMartin
03-14-2012, 02:20 PM
It's Mike 'antoni.

No D.

Nuntius
03-14-2012, 02:21 PM
I'd be curious to see how Lin, Novak, Fields and Jeffries are going to play now.

JB24
03-14-2012, 02:21 PM
Mike Woodson= Even more iso.

Sookie
03-14-2012, 02:22 PM
It'll be interesting to see how Lin does without him.

IndySDExport
03-14-2012, 02:22 PM
It's Mike 'antoni.

No D.

This may be the funniest joke I've seen in a while. Very clever.

Lance George
03-14-2012, 02:24 PM
CBSSports.com Report: Jerry Sloan has interest in coaching Knicks (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/17792155/report-jerry-sloan-has-interest-in-coaching-knicks)


With the Knicks in mid-implosion (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/17781046/reports-knicks-dantoni-melo-becoming-more-and-more-dysfunctional)(which they deny (http://t.co/MyGHGSUL))and the most likely sacrificial lamb set to be Mike D'Antoni whose contract is up this summer, you're starting to hear discussions of who could take over. And while Phil Jackson will remain the biggest name in contention to conceivably "bring the Knicks" back (you know, unlike D'Antoni who has helped bring them from a laughing stock to the playoffs last season despite having the roster he helped assmble ripped out from under him), there's talk of another familiar name. SI.com reports that former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan might be interested in taking over the reins at Madison Square Garden.

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.

viaMagic brass gets final say in Dwight Howard saga; Mike D'Antoni may be out - Sam Amick - SI.com (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/03/14/trade.notebook/index.html?eref=twitter_feed).

Sloan's an interesting idea. If the reports are accurate from Tuesday night that the players think they need someone to hold them responsible, then Sloan's an excellent fit. He's also a master of the pick and roll and has coached teams to the Finals and the playoffs consistently. This could work out for...

Oh, good grief, D'Antoni's not even fired yet.

Let's not move on with life before anyone's died, how about?

ejwallace
03-14-2012, 02:24 PM
I wonder what this will do with Phil Jackson wanting in....Wow.....Great time for us to have home to home games with them....

cdash
03-14-2012, 02:26 PM
Let the courtship of Phil Jackson begin.

bulldog
03-14-2012, 02:30 PM
I understand why they have to do this. Coaches are easier to change than rosters. But their problems are Carmelo Anthony having a much higher usage rate than his skills have earned, the iso offense that he creates, Amare's massive contract/zero production, and defenses figuring out Lin. Firing D'Antoni is not going to fix much.

Trading Melo/Chandler for Dwight, on the other hand...
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7686147/orlando-magic-saying-trade-dwight-howard-absent-commitment-sources-say

If you get rid of Melo and go back to a PnR offense with Lin and Howard...that would just be fantastic.

Trader Joe
03-14-2012, 02:30 PM
It's ok Jeremy Lin is just gonna keep doing the same thing he's been doing their entire six game losing streak...

"Just keep chucking, just keep chucking, just keep chucking, right along at my 39% shooting percentage since the start of March...Just keep chucking, just keep chucking, just keep chucking."

ejwallace
03-14-2012, 02:31 PM
According to International Business Times (http://img.ibtimes.com/www/articles/20120314/314091_carmelo-anthony-trade-mike-dantoni-fired-knicks.htm), D'antoni was slated to be canned soon anyways....


Mike D'Antoni to be Fired, Phil Jackson Wants to be Knicks Head Coach

By ANTHONY RICCOBONO:
It looks like Mike D'Antoni's tenure with the Knicks is coming to an end.

ESPN's Steven A. Smith says he believes the head coach will be fired within the next few days.

"I would be shocked if Mike D'Antoni was the coach next week," said Smith on ESPN Radio.



A few weeks ago, it seemed liked Jeremy Lin had saved Mike D'Antoni's job.

Smith's comments come on the heels of news that Carmelo Anthony would like to be traded. Reports say Anthony wants to be dealt because he does not like D'Antoni.

The combination of D'Antoni and Anthony hasn't worked since New York traded for the forward last season. D'Antoni was reportedly against the move when it was made at last year's deadline, and Anthony knew that his head coach did not want him on the team.

Reports say Anthony does not listen to the coach, and he recently walked away from an in-game huddle while D'Antoni was addressing the team.

Anthony isn't the only player who has a problem with the head coach. Smith says multiple members of the Knicks do not like D'Anonti's coaching style, and Tyson Chandler is the only player who he can confidently say likes playing for him.

Even if D'Antoni and his entire roster had a great relationship, the coach still might be on his way out.

D'Antoni hasn't had much success since being hired in 2008. He has a 121-167 record with the Knicks, and hasn't won a single playoff game.

If New York has to choose between the two, they'll most likely decide to keep their star player and get rid of their coach. The history of the NBA is full of examples where a superstar has forced ownership to make a coaching change.

In 2004, Byron Scott was fired by the Nets after leading New Jersey to two straight NBA Finals. Reports say Jason Kidd wanted Scott out. The Kings fired Paul Westphal at the beginning of this season after Demarcus Cousins expressed his unhappiness.

If D'Antoni is let go during the season, assistant coach Mike Woodson would likely take over for the rest of the year. Woodson was the Hawks head coach from 2004-2010.

Woodson is unlikely to take over full-time. Ever since he retired at the end of last season, there has been speculation that Phil Jackson would eventually come to the Knicks.

Jackson is considered by many to be the greatest head coach in NBA history. He has 11 titles as the head coach of the Bulls and Lakers, and according to Stephen A. Smith, he wants a shot at winning a championship with the Knicks.

Smith said on Monday that Jackson will coach the Knicks if New York asks him.

There is no word on whether or not MSG chairman James Dolan would like to hire Jackson. However, it's hard to imagine that Dolan wouldn't want one of the best coaches of all time to lead the Knicks.

It seems pretty clear that D'Anonti won't be with New York next season. Unless the Knicks somehow make a deep run in the playoffs, it's hard to see him coming back as the Knicks coach in the 2012-2013 Season.

If D'Antoni's days are numbered, there's a good chance the Knicks will decide to cut the cord sooner rather than later.

Peck
03-14-2012, 02:35 PM
Why God why did this have to happen prior to our back to backs???

Brad8888
03-14-2012, 02:35 PM
Imagine what JOB could do with the Knicks.

RLeWorm
03-14-2012, 02:36 PM
i blame Melo. How can your best player not buy into the system? Sound stupid to me. Melo is full of himself. So if melo didn't like phil jackson's triangle offense and he doesn't want to run it.

PGisthefuture
03-14-2012, 02:39 PM
Imagine what JOB could do with the Knicks.

8th seed at best. :p

PaulGeorge
03-14-2012, 02:48 PM
I don't see them making the playoffs now

CableKC
03-14-2012, 02:52 PM
Sloan and Marsh-Melo ....I can see that ending amicably :rolleyes:
Phil and Marsh-Melo ..... I don't know....is Marsh-Melo suited to play in the Triangle?

Sookie
03-14-2012, 02:53 PM
Imagine what JOB could do with the Knicks.

Oh god, could you imagine the uproar in NY when JOB benched Lin. :laugh:

Anyway..I hope whoever posts in this continues.

https://twitter.com/#!/Coach_D_Antoni

Nuntius
03-14-2012, 02:57 PM
Why God why did this have to happen prior to our back to backs???

Well, it could either be 100% beneficial to us or 100% destructive :p

Heisenberg
03-14-2012, 02:59 PM
John Calipari's already Tweeting his disinterest. Which means he'll be announced in NYC as soon as Kentucky's done with the tourney.

thewholefnshow31
03-14-2012, 03:02 PM
i blame Melo. How can your best player not buy into the system? Sound stupid to me. Melo is full of himself. So if melo didn't like phil jackson's triangle offense and he doesn't want to run it.

Melo has always been a selfish player and he is not going to accept an offense that does not consist of him having the ball and four other guys just standing around staring at him.

Though he should have loved D'Antoni because he never asked Carmelo to play defense and we all know Carmelo never wants to play defense.

Trader Joe
03-14-2012, 03:07 PM
John Calipari's already Tweeting his disinterest. Which means he'll be announced in NYC as soon as Kentucky's done with the tourney.

And then Kentucky will be sanctioned for all the stuff he's certainly been into.

cdash
03-14-2012, 03:07 PM
John Calipari's already Tweeting his disinterest. Which means he'll be announced in NYC as soon as Kentucky's done with the tourney.

That would be fantastic all the way around. Huge victory.

Heisenberg
03-14-2012, 03:08 PM
And then Kentucky will be sanctioned for all the stuff he's certainly been into.
Nah, Cal's a saint. He just hires a lot of shady assistant coaches.

Sandman21
03-14-2012, 03:13 PM
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JUST IN FROM PHIL JACKSON'S PEEPS: Phil's still happy as clam in retirement. Also about to have knee surgery. NY nowhere in his thoughts.

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03-14-2012, 03:39 PM
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JUST IN FROM PHIL JACKSON'S PEEPS: Phil's still happy as clam in retirement. Also about to have knee surgery. NY nowhere in his thoughts.

Translation: Hire an interim coach for the rest of this season, and get back to me in the offseason.

Aw Heck
03-14-2012, 03:48 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-wojnarowski_mike_dantoni_knicks_resigns_031412

Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

D’Antoni and Knicks owner James Dolan agreed on Wednesday to end his four-season run as Knicks coach, a source said. “It was a mutual decision to no longer coach the Knicks … conflicting visions of the club’s future,” the source said.

D’Antoni had clashed with Carmelo Anthony after the trade brought the All-Star forward to the Knicks a year ago, and he could never get Anthony to buy into his system.

The Knicks have lost six consecutive games to nearly drop out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Assistant Mike Woodson, who formerly coached the Atlanta Hawks, will take over as the interim coach.

The Knicks enjoyed a brief revival this season after D’Antoni moved Jeremy Lin into the rotation and made him the starting point guard. The Knicks won seven consecutive games from Feb. 4-15, a stretch that almost entirely coincided with Anthony’s absence from the lineup because of a groin injury.

The Knicks have gone just 2-8 since Anthony’s return, losing any of the momentum they gained while he was sidelined. While fans at Madison Square Garden have taken to recently booing Anthony, he told reporters Wednesday he doesn’t want to be traded.

“Dolan is blaming the coach,” said a source with knowledge of the Knicks’ locker-room dynamics. “Tyson [Chandler], Baron [Davis], A’mare [Stoudemire] – guys who came to play for Mike – or that system – are pissed. Lin isn’t happy either.”

So we have conflicting reports of how the locker room is handling the situation. Probably both spin from the Dolan and D'Antoni camps.

The Knicks are a mess and you know what? I'm fine with that. So happy to see a superstar team-up blow up in their faces.

Trader Joe
03-14-2012, 03:56 PM
Interesting reaction from my Butler/IU friend when I put the idea of Calipari to the Knicks in front of him. He immediately thought Brad Stevens would go to UK without a second thought.

Unclebuck
03-14-2012, 04:00 PM
I would not want to coahc that team right now, although they do have a lot of talent.

Trader Joe
03-14-2012, 04:01 PM
How long until Melo/Amare turn on each other or their teammates? Is it possible that it has already happened?

CableKC
03-14-2012, 04:20 PM
Any additional turmoil that serves to distablize a Playoff bound Team like the Knicks makes me all giddy inside.

NapTonius Monk
03-14-2012, 04:25 PM
How long until Melo/Amare turn on each other or their teammates? Is it possible that it has already happened?Carmelo looked plenty disgusted with Lin the other night.

BillS
03-14-2012, 04:34 PM
Any additional turmoil that serves to distablize a Playoff bound Team like the Knicks makes me all giddy inside.

Don't forget what happened to the Pacers after the coach was fired last season.

Sookie
03-14-2012, 04:36 PM
Don't forget what happened to the Pacers after the coach was fired last season.

I think there were quite a few players on that team that wanted to play for D'Antonie. And the conflict is amongst the players. (Melo..)

vnzla81
03-14-2012, 04:55 PM
It looks like the reason why D'antoni quit was because he wanted to trade Melo for Dwill and the owner declined, stupid owner if you ask me.


http://www.iamagm.com/news/2012/03/14/drama.mike.dantoni.tried.have.melo.traded.deron.wi lliams.led.fallout.ownership

immortality
03-14-2012, 05:05 PM
I am going to go with Dolan is a horrible owner than it's the fault of D'antoni.

Slick Pinkham
03-14-2012, 05:10 PM
Bring back Isiah! (Yes, I HATE the Knicks!)

Anthem
03-14-2012, 05:17 PM
I think there's some premature rejoicing in this thread. With as much talent as the Knicks have, it's hard to imagine them playing worse in the near future.

I just got a lot less confident in the two games coming up.

Justin Tyme
03-14-2012, 05:26 PM
It looks like the reason why D'antoni quit was because he wanted to trade Melo for Dwill and the owner declined, stupid owner if you ask me.



I've been saying that for years. Anything bad that happens to the Knicks, you can bet Jim Dolan had something to do with it.

HC
03-14-2012, 05:33 PM
Knicks were playing their best ball of the season until Melo came back, and they signed Smith. Doesn't really seem like a coaching problem imo.

BKK
03-14-2012, 05:42 PM
9th seed at best. :p

Fixed ;)

JB24
03-14-2012, 06:31 PM
Mike Woodson's taking over. His Hawks teams were tough to watch with all the iso, but that might have just been him making the best use of his personnel.

Be interesting to see what they run- you can't exactly run the princeton with Melo and Amare.

ilive4sports
03-14-2012, 06:32 PM
But if they traded for Deron, where would Lin play?

Pacer Fan
03-14-2012, 06:39 PM
So Mike D'antoni couldn't coach Melo...So just how good is George Carl? hmm

Sookie
03-14-2012, 06:59 PM
But if they traded for Deron, where would Lin play?

That was probably part of the problem.

Deron's obviously the better player, but Lin's the money maker currently.

PR07
03-14-2012, 06:59 PM
Sounds like Melo and D'Antoni clashed, and the Knicks aren't ready to ship Melo out yet...canning D'Antoni is the easier move.

Sandman21
03-14-2012, 10:16 PM
Don't forget what happened to the Pacers after the coach was fired last season.

Apples and oranges I think, JOB quit on his team. D'Antoni got stuck with a diva player he never wanted in the first place.

Nuntius
03-14-2012, 10:44 PM
it's hard to imagine them playing worse in the near future.


It's hard to play worse than they have played anyway.

TheDavisBrothers
03-14-2012, 11:00 PM
I wish they would have kept the disfunction until after they played us twice :p

pizza guy
03-14-2012, 11:11 PM
It's been a lot of fun watching them struggle and squirm. With the exception of Linsanity, their season has been dismal. At least when you consider the talent the have, IMO. Melo, Stoudamire, and Chandler is one crazy talented front-court.

I know there's a lot of ego and attitude problems on that roster, but I think parting ways with D'Antoni is the right move. I don't think he's ever going to be a successful coach (in terms of post-season at least).

Most importantly, I see this being the opposite of what firing JOB did for us. I just feel like their roster is more inclined to crumble and mail it in for the season. They won big tonight, but I just don't think they'll maintain 50% from 3pt land the rest of the season.

Anthem
03-14-2012, 11:38 PM
I wish they would have kept the disfunction until after they played us twice :p
Exactly. They put the smack down on Portland tonight. Given, it's Portland. But I'd have much rather played them BEFORE they got the "new coach bump," not after.

Hicks
03-15-2012, 12:31 AM
At least they got their first game out of the way by beating up on Portland. They should theoretically be a little less high in the sky by the time we play them now. I'd be twice as concerned if we were their FIRST opponent.

Still, they just got very dangerous for the short term in ways they probably won't be by mid April, and we're just going to have to be ready for the waive.

dewman_32
03-15-2012, 12:36 AM
The Knicks go on a tear and then Melo returns and they go on a slide. Melo, as talented as he is, does not play well with others. He is a cancer and will never be a winner because he doesn't fit well in a system that was successful in his absence. The Knicks were playing great team basketball while he was gone and Lin was the starting PG. Melo returns, they add Smith and all hell breaks loose. I wouldn't want Melo on my team, ever.

jeffg-body
03-15-2012, 01:45 AM
I wonder if he is secretly relieved that his run with Melo is over.

TheDavisBrothers
03-15-2012, 01:53 AM
I wonder if he is secretly relieved that his run with Melo is over.

I don't think it's a secret