As was reported by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski and subsequently confirmed by numerous sources, Mike D’Antoni is no longer the coach of the New York Knicks.
Sources are saying that the move constitutes a “mutual decision” — not a firing, not a resignation, but more a simple recognition that the increasingly toxic atmosphere engulfing the organization has reached its tipping point.
Mike Woodson, brought to New York during the off-season to be the Knicks’ “defensive coordinator,” will take over as interim coach starting tonight as the Knicks take on the Blazers at the Garden.
In the past few weeks, tensions between D’Antoni and Carmelo Anthony — for whom the Knicks played a princely sum prior to last year’s trade deadline — have been growing, with the disgruntled forward expressing concern over his lack of touches in the offense.
In his three and a half years at the helm of the Knicks, D’Antoni compiled 121-167 record, all while managing a roster in constant flux.
I think I speak for many on the blog when I say that, for all his quirks, faults, and stubbornness, D’Antoni’s efforts to revitalize a franchised mired in mismanagement — and to do so with a brand of basketball that in many ways harkened to the halcyon principles of the team’s two lone titles — were never truly given a fair chance.
Then again, in this the most savage of industries, how many really are?