There was James Dolan, leading the 6 o’clock news for sports Wednesday night. There was Dolan, the one thing that never changes with the Knicks, talking about more change for his loser basketball team.
Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t take long to respond to speculation that he might follow in the footsteps former UK coach Rick Pitino and return to the NBA after Mike D’Antoni resigned from the Knicks Wednesday.
All it took was a simple coaching change – and an opponent perhaps even deeper in disarray – for the Knicks to eradicate their six-game losing streak and to start bringing back the good vibes at the Garden.
Harvard coach Tommy Amaker was at the podium Wednesday for a press conference before his team began practice for its NCAA Tournament game in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday when he was informed that Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni had resigned.
Amar’e Stoudemire believes that Mike D’Antoni resigned because “everyone wasn’t buying into his systemâ? and that it made the Knicks former head coach “look bad.â?
Here’s a look at some of the potential candidates for the Knicks’ heading coaching job.
After four-plus seasons coaching the Suns (including two seasons with at least 60 wins), Mike D’Antoni signs 4-year, $24 million deal to succeed Isiah Thomas, who leaves disgraced by sexual harassment case.
In a surprise move, Mike D’Antoni resigned as Knicks coach Wednesday in a mutual decision with team owner Jim Dolan, according to a person close to D’Antoni.
Leave it to James Dolan to hire a head coach with ties to both Isiah Thomas and Larry Brown.
Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t take long to respond to speculation that he might follow in the footsteps of former UK coach Rick Pitino and return to the NBA after Mike D’Antoni resigned from the Knicks.
The very best coaches often look at four major factors when considering an NBA head coaching vacancy: Who’s the owner? Who’s the GM? Are there any superstars/what kind of shape is the roster in? What’s the salary?
All it took was a simple coaching change â?? and an opponent perhaps even deeper in disarray â?? for the Knicks to eradicate their six-game losing streak and to start bringing back the good vibes at the Garden with their largest margin of victory of the season.
Once the Knicks’ owner, James L. Dolan, undermined the team president to acquire Carmelo Anthony last year, the team was doomed to confrontation and chaos.
Coach Mike D’Antoni is leaving in his fourth season, with the Knicks on a six-game losing streak and his offensive system at odds with the style of play of the star player Carmelo Anthony.
If a game could mirror group therapy, the Knicks found their breakthrough hours after Mike D’Antoni’s resignation, blowing out the Blazers at Madison Square Garden.
For the Nets, beating a fellow bottom-dweller of the Eastern Conference mattered little compared with the looming Dwight Howard situation in Orlando.
The Orlando Magic are out of time waiting for Superman.
Former Indiana player Lynn Washington was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into Japan from the United States.
Mo Williams scored 25 points and fellow reserve Eric Bledsoe added 14 on a relatively quiet night by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Channing Frye scored 26 points, Marcin Gortat had 25 and the Phoenix Suns overcome a 13-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 120-111 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Garnett scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking jumper with 5.1 seconds left that led the Boston Celtics to a 105-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
The Chicago Bulls overcame the absence of league MVP Derrick Rose to earn a 106-102 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday with third-string point guard John Lucas III scoring 24 points to emerge as an unlikely game winner.
Rodney Stuckey scored 35 points and Greg Monroe had 32 for the Detroit Pistons, who used a huge third-quarter effort to pull away from the Sacramento Kings for a 124-112 victory Wednesday night.
John Lucas III scored 24 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 106-102 without Derrick Rose in a charged showdown between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams on Wednesday.
Maybe Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks never would have got it right under Mike D’Antoni.
Mike Woodson did not have long to wait for his first win as new coach of the New York Knicks as his team trampled the Portland Trail Blazers 121-79 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.
Dwight Howard lost perhaps his last game with the Orlando Magic, declaring before a 122-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night that he won’t surrender his right to become a free agent this summer.
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game and second in a row in overtime, 107-101 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Maybe there’s a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Drew Gooden had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-105 on Wednesday night.
Luis Scola scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 14 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets routed the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats 107-87 on Wednesday night.
Mike D’Antoni is gone, and the Knicks finally got his offense right.
In a surprising move Wednesday, Mike D'Antoni resigned as Knicks coach in what the team said was a mutual decision. Mike Woodson, who was D'Antoni's lead assistant, was named interim head coach.
Mike Woodson was brought in to be Mike D'Antoni's defensive specialist. As the Knicks new interim coach, Woodson said he gradually will change how they play offensively.
Amar'e Stoudemire admitted that a division in the Knicks' locker room played a role in Mike D'Antoni's unexpected departure.
Carmelo Anthony spent part of Wednesday morning refuting a report that he wanted to be traded and saying he supports Mike D'Antoni. Anthony will spend much longer trying to convince everyone he didn't have a hand in D'Antoni's exiting the Knicks Wednesday.
You can call it coincidence. Maybe it was coincidence. Maybe Carmelo Anthony was simply due for this, due for 16 points and seven assists in 241â?2 minutes, due for actually cracking a smile on the Garden floor, due to play in a manner befitting both his talent and his…
When the Knicks visited the Lakers in late December at Staples Center, Phil Jackson planned to sit in the front row with his girlfriend, and Lakers VP, Jeanie Buss.
But at the last minute, Jackson pulled out, thinking it was unfair to Mike D’Antoni because his presence would be…
Mike D’Antoni told interim general manager Glen Grunwald in a meeting before Wednesday’s morning shootaround he didn’t feel he could “positively affect the team” anymore.
More to the point, D’Antoni no longer felt he could “positively affect” Carmelo Anthony to buy into his speedball system and…
Amar’e Stoudemire did not name names, but he also didn’t sugarcoat the reason why Mike D’Antoni is no longer his coach.
“He was frustrated that everyone wasn’t buying into the system,” Stoudemire said after the Knicks destroyed the Blazers, 121-79, in Mike Woodson’s coaching debut…
Who did you think would get run out of town first, the coach hired by Donnie Walsh? Or the pin-up player acquired by James Dolan?
If only the Knicks’ owner also agreed to resign. Only in his case it wouldn’t be a “mutual’ decision, it would be “unanimous.â?
Mike D’Antoni wanted the Knicks to play with better defensive intensity.
All it took it was him resigning.
In the first game of the post-D’Antoni era, the Knicks proved they could play defense after all, and ended their six-game losing streak with a 121-79 romp over the Trail…
NEW YORK — New York may be the only city in the country where a large majority of hometown fans at a professional sporting event are not afraid to boo the superstar player.
But, hey, that comes with the territory of being in the media capital of the world, and Carmelo Anthony knows it. Following the Knicks’ 121-79 blowout win over the Trail Blazers Wednesday night, he said the heightened pressure doesn’t bother him — even now as the Knicks have gone from 7-1 before his return on Feb.
Mike D’Antoni walked into the Knicks training facility on Wednesday morning knowing he no longer wanted to coach the team.
Before shoot around on Wednesday, he talked to interim GM Glen Grunwald, informing him that he’d been thinking about stepping down.
Grunwald was caught off guard.
“I said, ‘What do you really want to do, Mike?’ And he clarified that he thought it was best for the team,” Grunwald said.
Grunwald called MSG chairman James Dolan, who went to the Westchester training center for what he called a “very honest” conversation with D’Antoni.
If nothing else, Mike Woodson’s Knicks will be held accountable.
Woodson made that point loud and clear after his first game as the team’s interim head coach.
“I’m going to do everything I can possibly do to win basketball games, that’s my job,” Woodson said. “I’m going to be held accountable and I’m going to make damn sure that (the players are) held accountable to win.”
Woodson got his first win as Knicks coach on Wednesday night, a 121-79 rout of Portland — the Knicks’ largest margin of victory this year.
Carmelo Anthony insists that he had no bearing on Mike D’Antoni’s decision to step down as head coach of the Knicks.
“I didn’t have anything to do with that. That was coach’s decision. I really didn’t know … what he was thinking as far as his decision to step down,” Anthony said hours after the Knicks announced that they’d mutually agreed to part ways with D’Antoni.
Anthony insisted that he “never had any issues” with D’Antoni, for whom he played 59 games over two seasons.
NEW YORK — To Jeremy Lin, Mike D’Antoni was more than his Knicks head coach. He was his career savior.
After going undrafted, not getting a real shot with three NBA teams (the Mavericks, Warriors and Rockets) and being sent down to the D-League three times, Lin found himself at the end of the Knicks’ bench — wondering, praying, hoping he would get a chance.
Then, on Feb. 4 against the Nets, Lin’s world as he knew it changed forever. With 3:34 to play in the first quarter, D’Antoni called Lin’s name for him to sub in for Iman Shumpert.
NEW YORK — Mike D’Antoni wanted to run his offense a certain way. He wanted to showcase the pick-and-roll and let the point guard lead a free-flowing system.
The entire team didn’t buy into that. So he walked.
That was the reason Amare Stoudemire gave when asked why D’Antoni surprisingly stepped down as head coach, hourse before the Knicks demolished the lowly Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, 121-79 at Madison Square Garden.