Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned.Wojnarowski reports that the decision was “mutual” and based on conflicts over the future of the team.Reports surfaced early this morning that D’Antoni had lost control of the team, and that superstar forward Carmelo Anthony was unhappy.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that D’Antoni wouldn’t be back next year even if he survived this season. But apparently D’Antoni saw the writing on the wall and decided to step down early. In his contract’s last year as the head coach, D’Antoni took the helm in 2008 after the tumultuous tenure of Isiah Thomas.
Under D’Antoni, Knicks enjoyed more attention in recent years, first with the addition of Carmelo Anthony to the roster, then the fervor over Jeremy Lin’s rise. Even the meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin couldn’t save Mike D’Antoni, the embattled Head Coach for the New York Knicks.
After a bruising loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, D’Antoni submitted his resignation during a meeting this afternoon with James L. Dolan, chairman of the NY Knicks/MSG organization, and general manager Glen Grunwald. Yet, D’Antoni never truly capitalize these occasions into an actual winning season.
Plus, the ongoing tension between his coaching method and Carmelo Anthony’s style of play, which rumored to be one of the key factors for D’Antoni’s resignation. Assistant coach Mike Woodson will step in as the interim coach for the duration of the season. Meanwhile, the Knicks organization is seeking for a new head coach.
One possible candidate in the running, Phil Jackson, the retire head coach of L.A. Lakers and Chicago Bulls, who started his career in basketball as a player for the Knicks.