The New York Knicks' situation has gotten so out of hand that Mike D'Antoni resigned on Wednesday as the team's head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Mike Woodson, former Atlanta Hawks coach, has taken over as the interim coach.
Now more than ever, since retiring last season, former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson might be heavily rumored to be the top candidate to be the next Knicks head coach. Whether or not he is willing to come on board during this season, next season, or if at all, though, remains to be seen.
In three-and-a-half seasons, the Knicks have won just 121 games under D'Antoni. (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)
With that said, Jackson's resume speaks volumes, and is proof that he may very well have the ability to coach a sunken team like the Knicks. He has a total of 11 NBA titles, six with the Chicago Bulls from 1991-1998 and five with the Lakers from 2000 to 2010.
D'Antoni and Knicks owner James Dolan agreed to end his three-and-a-half year run as coach, a source told Wojnarowski. It was a mutual decision to no longer coach the Knicks ... conflicting visions of the club's future, the source said.
Before Jeremy Lin burst onto the Knicks scene, it was speculated that D'Antoni's time in New York was done even then. But recently, mired in a six-game losing streak and a struggle to stay in the playoff race, the move seemed practically inevitable.
The signs leading up the firing have been longstanding. D'Antoni has clashed with forward Carmelo Anthony since the trade that brought the All-Star forward to the Knicks in February 2011. Anthony has taken too many one-on-one shots, sparking criticism that he is unfit for D'Antoni's free-flowing, run-and-gun offensive system. In turn, D'Antoni has been criticized for being unable to fix that specific problem.
Then, recent reports that Anthony wanted out of the Big Apple (a sentiment he later refuted on Wednesday by tweeting that he was sick to his stomach from hearing all the speculation) coupled with other reports that D'Antoni no longer had control of the team only served to reinforce the criticism and fuel his exit.
Perhaps if Jackson is brought aboard as soon as possible, the Knicks can start to turn things around quicker amid all the tumult.
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