Just in the wake of the Lin-sanity mania, according to sources with Yahoo! News, Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks.
Just yesterday, The Bleacher Report filed this article on why D’Antoni should be fired from the team:
Mike D’Antoni appears to be mentally exhausted from his tenure as head coach of the New York Knicks.
There has been a lot of talk about Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin working together in D’Antoni’s offense.
For all the shortcomings the Knicks have had this season, D’Antoni’s seat on the bench is growing increasingly warmer by the day. There are a lot of things one can say about D’Antoni’s performance as head coach, but there is an element of the obvious going on-he’s failing to adjust to the players on his team.
Coaches can excel when displaying an ability to utilize a style that fits the personnel on the roster. Right now, that is just not happening in New York.
The rotation is all over the map, the minutes for the reserve crew have been sporadic and there is no clear-cut plan in place on a nightly basis when the team takes the floor.
At just 18-24 and playing well under expectations, D’Antoni doesn’t seem to have an answer as to how to right the ship.
The Knicks have lost six straight games, and fans are restless.
There have been chants for the head coach to be fired by the Madison Square Garden crowd, and the team is playing with a definitive lack of energy.
With his team’s loaded roster, there were a lot of expectations on D’Antoni’s shoulders to deliver.
Whether it’s fair or not, coaching is a hire for fire business and D’Antoni is experiencing exactly that.
Now that D’Antoni is done with the Knicks, many people in New York are wondering if they can convince Phil Jackson to come out of retirement and save the franchise. Here’s what people were tweeting just seconds after the news broke:
So how soon does the recruitment of Phil Jackson begin? And would Phil want ‘Melo and Amare? Don’t all moves have to have Phil in mind?
– Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) March 14, 2012
Who would’ve guessed Isaiah Thomas wasn’t the reason the #Knicks are a horrible franchise
– N8 (@NateMANIA) March 14, 2012
– Mark Stein (@MStein0414) March 14, 2012
– Erick Yepez (@yessir_E) March 14, 2012
Mike D’Antoni has resigned as head coach of the New York Knicks. Let the Phil Jackson rumors begin.
– Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 14, 2012
Has anybody ever asked Mike D’Antoni why teams he coaches are Notorious for not playing defense?
– Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) March 10, 2012