Mike D’Antoni Resigns – Knicks Better Off [NoeBrainer]
Mike D'Antoni decided to resign as head coach of the New York Knicks on Wednesday. This is a good thing for the Knicks.
Mike D'Antoni stepped down as head coach of the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The rumor mill is buzzing about why D'Antoni resigned. TNT's David Aldridge has reported that D'Antoni and Knicks chairman James Dolan mutually agreed to part ways after Dolan denied D'Antoni's request to trade Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for point guard Deron Williams. David Aldridge also reported that D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony had "conflicting visions."
That's a really fancy way to say that they didn't care for each other. I don't know if this rumor is true, but I do know that D'Antoni lost the locker room. His team (which included a few star players and a solid bench) wasn't playing hard for him. The man doesn't emphasize defense. That philosophy has never produced an NBA title for D'Antoni. It hasn't even produced an NBA Finals appearance. The future for the Knicks is brighter without a guy with a bad philosophy who wasn't inspiring the team anyway.
Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.