If anyone thinks that the “resignation” of Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni is a good thing, he or she is living in an alternate universe where the Knicks lead the Celtics in the standings. In this real world things are getting ugly as they can get for the Knicks and their fans, and the writing was on the Madison Square Garden wall when fans were booing the team on Monday.
Whether or not D’Antoni actually resigned is not the point, even if Knicks owner Jim Dolan says he and the coach “mutually agreed” on this decision. The truth is that the whole thing came down to Carmelo Anthony or Mike D’Antoni. That’s like saying it came down to a 1965 Chevy and 2012 Mustang (admittedly with a few dents). Obviously, there was only one way this thing could go.
Last year Dolan gave away some quality players to get Anthony, so if he had traded him before tomorrow’s deadline, it would have been an admission that move was flawed. Anyone who has watched the Knicks knows that to be the case, but here we go trying to put spit and polish on the lackluster efforts of Anthony.
Make no mistake, he is not alone in this debacle. Amar’e Stoudemire has been doing his best Madame Tussaud impersonation all season. Watch him under the net and you may see birds resting on his head. Jeremy Lin, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, and all the other assorted Cratchits are to blame as well, but it is easier to just to say “Off with his head” and be done with D’Antoni than to address the deep trouble that exists on this team right now.
Assistant coach Mike Woodson will be the interim head for the remainder of the season. With the Knicks losing six in a row and eight of their last ten, I don’t think anyone can seriously believe this change is going to do anything to stop the insanity (with the Linsanity almost all but forgotten now).
D’Antoni is gone but the problems remain. Look for the Knicks to be overtaken by the Milwaukee Bucks for the last playoff spot, and be realistic and thankful for this merciful exit out. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see this squad anywhere near any of the teams in the first round of the playoffs.
Go gentle into that good night, Knicks fans. It’s over.
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