Mike D'Antoni Resigns As Head Coach Of New York Knicks

Yahoo! Sports is first to report decision by D'Antoni to step down

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Mike D'Antoni Resigns: James Dolan Statement, 'This Was Not An Event That Was Planned'

New York Knicks owner James Dolan spoke at a press conference on Wednesday about the resignation of head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Dolan said a meeting this morning about D'Antoni's status was not planned.

About D'Antoni's resignation, Dolan said that both sides "mutually agreed that it would be best for the organization if he did not continue."

Dolan also said that "The season is not over and this team can still be the team that our fans hoped it could be."

After he made his statement, Dolan left without answering questions from the media which continues a streak he began in 2007.

Mike Woodson, former Atlanta Hawks head coach (2004-2010) and current Knicks assistant, will be taking over on an interim basis for D'Antoni. Woodson was 206-286 (.419) with the Hawks but took Atlanta to the playoffs in each of his last three seasons there.

-- For more on the Knicks, be sure to check out our blog Posting and Toasting along with SB Nation New York.

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Mike D'Antoni's Replacement May Not Be Far

On March 8, 1996 offensive genius Don Nelson resigned as Knicks head coach and was replaced by scrappy assistant Jeff Van Gundy. Sixteen years later, Mike D'Antoni resigned only to be replaced by defensively oriented coach Mike Woodson? Is Woodson the long term solution or is the Knicks permanent coach also nearby?

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Mike D'Antoni Resigns: Reaction From Around Internet

Mike D'Antoni resigned today as head coach of the New York Knicks. Of course, in the fast-paced social media world we live in, reaction has been swift. Here is some of what is floating around the Inter-Google, the Twitter-verse or whatever you wish to call it.

Twitter / @BruceBeck4NY: #Knicks circus continues! ...
#Knicks circus continues! The stars always win, friends! See Magic, Michael, Kobe, DHoward ? Now it's up to MELO 2 produce!

Twitter / @JonLaneNYC: Highly unlikely, but a sma ...
Highly unlikely, but a small part of me is guessing maybe D'Antoni's 'mutual' resignation is Part I of a major shakeup #NYK

[NOTE: Yes, this is SB Nation New York MMA writer Jon Lane. He is a versatile fella!]

Mike D'Antoni has resigned as coach of the Knicks. - Posting and Toasting
Wow. I'm dumbfounded. I guess this lends a little more credence to suggestions that D'Antoni wasn't on the same page as his team? I guess this makes Mike Woodson head coach for now (Update: Yes.)? I guess we're about to put up with months of speculation as to who'll be the new coach? I guess tonight's game against the Blazers is going to be even more bizarre than we expected?

Mike D'Antoni Resigns: Knicks Coach Out After Clashing With Carmelo Anthony - WSJ.com
New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni resigned on Wednesday afternoon after realizing his coaching style did not mesh with superstar Carmelo Anthony, according to people familiar with the matter.

'Antoni plays an uptempo style that never quite suited Anthony since a trade that brought him to New York last February.

D'Antoni realized over the course of the last few weeks that Anthony was never going to play his style of play, a person familiar with the matter said. The coach met with Knicks interim general manager Glen Grunwald to relay his concerns, and proceeded to tell Knicks owner James Dolan of his feelings before determining the situation wouldn't work.

-- Stay with SB Nation New York's Mike D'Antoni StoryStream for more details and reactions to the news. And follow our Knicks Schedule StoryStream for a preview and recap of Wednesday's game against Portland.


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Carmelo Anthony News: 'Melo Says 'I Have No Problem With Mike D'Antoni'

Ahh, who and what to believe in the never-ending soap opera that the New York Knicks have become. Now, Carmelo Anthony, subject of scorn and trade rumors while the team struggles and alleged hater of coach Mike D'Antoni, says he has no problem with the coach.

As Steve Popper of northjersey.com tweeted, 'Melo wants us to believe that he "doesn't want to be traded, loves NY, loves Knicks, loves D'Antoni, loves puppies and rainbows."

Well, 'Melo, maybe you should participate in team huddles. Maybe you should run the offense the way the coach has designed it. Maybe you should play a little defense.

In the end, Anthony probably isn't going anywhere and D'Antoni is probably going to the firing line. Stay tuned, because this soap opera is just starting to get really good.

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Mike D'Antoni Watch: Knicks Aren't Listening Anymore -- Report

New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni "doesn't have the respect" of the team any longer, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. The reeling Knicks have lost six straight and there appears to discord between D'Antoni and star forward Carmelo Anthony.

"The players like Mike as a person," one source said. "They think he's a good guy. But he doesn't have the respect of the team anymore."

The biggest problem according to most people is the mixing of Anthony and D'Antoni. While D'Antoni's system is purely based on spacing and ball movement, Anthony frequently stops the ball and tries to isolate.

The Knicks have been in a tailspin since Anthony returned just a few weeks ago against the New Jersey Nets. Whether or not it's fair to blame Anthony is up for debate, but there's no disputing the fact that New York is 2-8 since he came back.

It's a crisis for the Knicks right now, and something that appears it may only get worse before it gets better. Right now, the team seems more divided than ever.

"Half the team is trying to do what coach says and the other half is doing something different," one source said. "Then it spills over to the defensive end because players are (ticked) off about somebody taking a bad shot."

Only time will tell, but it appears D'Antoni doesn't have much of that.

For more on the Knicks, be sure to check out our blog Posting and Toasting along with SB Nation New York.

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Mike D'Antoni Vs. Carmelo Anthony: 'Melo Reportedly Not Happy With Coach

The New York Post is reporting that New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is increasingly unhappy with head coach Mike D’Antoni.

The Post’s Marc Berman writes:

There are several indications the alliance is getting worse, not better, and it seems inconceivable both will be back with the Knicks next season. According to a source familiar with the situation, Anthony is disgruntled and he may have given off those signs when he didn’t join the huddle during a third-quarter timeout. (Anthony claimed that occurs often).

Anything bold happening at the trade deadline would seem unlikely. D’Antoni is more likely to get fired than Anthony get traded after the Knicks dropped their sixth straight game, 104-99, to the Bulls.

Earlier Tuesday SB Nation New York’s Chris Celletti defended Anthony, who has been blamed by many for the team’s struggles since he returned from an injury to join Jeremy Lin in the lineup.

Here is part of what Celletti wrote:

If somebody can point to the time when the Knicks were successful with D’Antoni as their coach, please let me know. … the Anthony Knicks have not been successful. But neither have the D’Antoni Knicks. If the Knicks need to make a choice between Anthony and D’Antoni, I don’t see how anybody could say that they’d be better off with D’Antoni. It’s almost comical.

If Anthony and D’Antoni can’t make this work I think we all know it will be D’Antoni who will take the fall.

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Mike D'Antoni vs. Carmelo Anthony: In Defense Of 'Melo

Carmelo Anthony is being blamed for the Knicks' struggles this season. Is it really his fault?

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Mike D'Antoni Watch: Knicks' Coach Back On The Hot Seat

Linsanity put the Mike D'Antoni watch on hold -- but not any longer

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Mike D'Antoni On Job Security: 'The Posse Is After Me'

The New York Knicks have not been hot to begin this season. As a result, coach Mike D'Antoni is feeling the temperature rising.

The coach understands his job is in jeopardy as the Knicks continue to underachieve. With the talented Knicks limping to an 8-13 start, D'Antoni discussed whether Tuesday's win against Detroit changed his personal hot seat.

"The only thing [Tuesday] night proved is I could get one good night's sleep this week," D'Antoni said. "That's the only thing that happened. Other than that, we're still 8-13 and the posse is after me, so I'm running as fast as I can run. Hopefully I can turn this posse into a parade. That's my focus. I'm working as hard as I can work."

The Knicks have won just two of their past 10 games, turning D'Antoni's status into a daily cause for concern. In the final year of his contract, D'Antoni likely has precious little time to turn the Knicks around.

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Mike D'Antoni Watch: ESPN.com's Stephen A. Smith Says, 'I Believe D'Antoni Is Done'

Saturday's 97-84 loss to the Houston Rockets put the New York Knicks and head coach Mike D'Antoni in a tough spot, as the Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games and are witnessing their playoff hopes vanishing. And because of all of the drama that is surrounding the struggling squad, ESPN.com's Stephen A. Smith believes D'Antoni's days are about numbered in New York.

"I believe D'Antoni is done," wrote Smith Sunday in a column for ESPN.com. "Eventually, but inevitably. The Knicks will either deny this or avoid the questions altogether, but who cares? No one gets to hide from their record."

Smith admits in the column that the poor play of the Knicks can't all be put on their head coach, who didn't want to make the trade for star forward Carmelo Anthony, but that doesn't excuse him for letting New York play the way they're.

"Who can't see the handwriting on the wall with Chandler sounding off the way he has? With Anthony too hurt to play in Miami on Friday night, yet able to show up for Charlotte and Cleveland?"

"...No matter what the Knicks are willing to reveal, it's clear that chairman James Dolan is closely eyeing the situation, itching to make a move, and that the clock is ticking ominously on D'Antoni's career in New York."

So with that, let the official Mike D'Antoni firing watch begin. Keep track of all the rumors and rumbling about the possible release of D'Antoni in this special StoryStream. Meanwhile, make sure to check the SB Nation blog Posting And Toasting for everything on the Knicks.

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