Wednesday, March 14, 2012

NY Knicks and Mike D'Antoni Part Ways

After a roller coaster two months, including a 7-2 run of Jeremy Lin-Sanity in February and the second 6 game losing streak of the season in March, Mike D'Antoni and the New York Knicks have parted ways. Dolan says it was a mutual agreement, but you can't help but think they squeezed him out after an uninspiring run of games in which the Knicks just played poor defense and couldn't keep up with the big boys (Mavericks,Celtics,Bucks,Spurs,Bulls,Sixers) after the return of Carmello Anthony to the Jeremy Lin Sanity crazed Knicks.

After lots of talk of Mello asking to be traded because he was not happy with Mike D'Antoni's offense it turns out that D'Antoni is the one to leave. It makes you wonder how much Carmello Anthony's unhappiness with not being The Man had to do with D'Antoni's exit. Mutual or not.

Assistant Coach Mike Woodson, who in six seasons as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks compiled a 206-286 (.419) record with three consecutive playoff appearances, has been named Head Coach. Woodson has been a NY Knicks assistant since August 2011 and now must win over a stunned locker room of players who had a strong allegiance to Mike D'Antoni. With 24 games left and tied for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with the Milwaukee Bucks Woodson must find a way to get all of his players on the same page; something D'Antoni struggled with over the last few weeks.

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