Black Sports : d'antoni out @ nicks

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

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    woodson in at caoch

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike D'Antoni resigned as coach of the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a person familiar with the decision said. The surprising news comes with the Knicks in the middle of a late-season slide that could cost them an NBA playoff spot. New York has lost six in a row for the second time this season and has fallen into a tie for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The decision came just hours after star Carmelo Anthony denied there was a rift with D'Antoni.

    The Knicks had struggled since Anthony returned from a groin injury 10 games ago. There was speculation that he and D'Antoni did not get along, though the All-Star forward said on Wednesday he supported the coach "100 percent." D'Antoni put the Knicks through a workout on Wednesday and had been preparing to coach them against the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, Mike Woodson is expected to handle that role.

    Never able to duplicate his success in Phoenix, D'Antoni was headed to his third losing season since signing a $24 million, four-year contract in 2008 that made him one of the NBA's highest-paid coaches. He never won a playoff game in New York, where the Knicks were focused on the future during his first two years and made numerous changes that didn't give him much of a chance to compete. But they spent big this season, bringing in Tyson Chandler to play between Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, while adding players such as Baron Davis and JR Smith during the season, and D'Antoni acknowledged on Wednesday it was his responsibility to make everything work.
    His departure comes less than a month after he seemed rejuvenated by the emergence of Jeremy Lin, the undrafted point guard from Harvard University who came off the bench and proved to be the player who could properly run D'Antoni's offensive system.

    But the success didn't last once Anthony returned, with the Knicks going 2-8 in a season that D'Antoni said should see them contend for a championship.
     
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    Whoa finally, he was the problem with the team.
     
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    'bout time! The Ny post back cover had a big picture of carmelo that read:

    "Trade Him" and some people are saying that Melo is asking to be traded, but that all may change now if they have a coach that actually calls plays and can say more than 'cmon ref' all game!
     
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    Dantoni is a top 5 NBA coach. The Knicks problem is ownership-based. Superstar based teams are the new fad in the Nba but they seldom work when the stars are already stars then put together. It was working well without Melo but Chandler is a better fit. And you have to understand the market potential of Jeremy Lin. The NBA wrapped itself around Lin to fulfill the promise of Yao Ming.. Access to the Asian markets.. International and domestic. Melo is just another rich black talented player.. He does not enlarge their market access. There are only a handful of quality coaches on pro ball.. The Knicks will regret this.
     
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    woodson no good?
     
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    You do make a very valid point about the NBA and the Asian market, and they made good used of Lin in the 2 weeks of Linsanity. Though anyyone who knows basketball knows that wasn't going to last, because once the other NBA team figures Lin out, his numbers were going to drop, someone else would have to pick up the slack. The problem with D'antoni is that he had no backup plan to keep the team going. 2) He he could never incorporate Melo into his system like you said, the NBA is a superstar league, and the coach needs to be able to facilitates plays for his superstars. The first 3 losses of this 6 games slide was his fault. The second unit was playing well and got the team back in the games, then went and made some bogus substitutions and as a result the team lost all the games. The knicks organization as a whole did a bad job containing Linsanity as a result, the pressure for the team to perform overwhelms them. I think it's good decision because I never like his run and gun style of Basketball, because it's transition type of styles and good teams are going to make you play half court and slow the game down, and what that happens his teams always struggle. Melo now is going to face with huge burden now, the way things are going he may next on the line to go.
     
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    I have no idea. I know D'antoni though.. I watched his teams play. I understand what his strengths and weaknesses are. I don't believe he quite over some losses.. not after all of the losses he's accumilated over the past couple of seasons.. his quiting most likely had something to do with Managament and the direction they wished to see the team go.. It's most likely as much to do with Lin as it is Melo.. we'll never know. But D'antoni will land in another spot next season for sure. Woodson should keep his bags packed.. Avery Johnson would be a good fit in NY.
     
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    they talking about phil jackson…….
     
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    He did a good job tonight, even though the Blazers are struggling right now, but I like what I saw tonight, he actually wrote a game situation play, which D'antoni failed to do many times during the games.
     
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    yeah, but Phil Jackson ain't talking about them....lol
     
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