Knicks Coach Resigns While Under Fire From Superstar And Fans
In the end, not even Lin-sanity was enough to save coach Mike D'Antoni's job.
Jeremy Lin, after leading a six game winning streak wit a team of "scrubs", almost helped Mike D'Antoni dodge the bullet, but a disheartening six game losing streak with the return of superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire and the addition of JR Smith to the lineup led Mike D'Antoni to pull the trigger himself, with Dolan's consent, and resign as head coach according to a report by Yahoo! Sports and confirmed by NBA.com.
Actually, D'Antoni's departure was less a surprise than him hanging around for so long.. It was obvious when the season began, with the departure of Donnie Walsh and the hiring of Mike Woodson as a "defensive specialist" that Mike D'Antoni was on a very short lease (not leash, lease). Reportedly, D'Antoni had rejected the Chicago job because the owners wanted him to allow the hiring of a defense specialist to supplement his "offensive genius." Instead he took the New York job knowing that the first couple of years would be spent restructuring the team to lure a particular free agent -- a move that flopped and resulted in the acquisition of Amar'e Stoudemire to avoid coming up empty handed in the free agency period.
The death knell was probably sent when Mike D'Antoni sat Carmelo and Stat for the fourth quarter of the Bulls game without explanation. A frustrated D'Antoni even failed to use the back-to-back game-need-to-rest-my-stars-excuse. Certainly, Carmelo did not appreciate being benched in front of the home crowd and D'Antoni was finally determined to exercise some leadership. However, apparently his poor communication skills, which have been on display his entire tenure, finally caught up with him and forced his hand.
Dolan is committed to Carmelo Anthony. he was not committed to D'Antoni who was in the last year of a five year contract.
Tonight the Knicks will be coached by Mike Woodson. It will be very interesting to see how he plays his stars and Jeremy Lin since D'Antoni seemed to find the right combinations.
"Woodson has already established a repoire with Davis and he also coached Mike Bibby in Atlanta. Lin is only in his second year and Woodson may have inadvertently been referring to Lin when he remembered something his first Knicks coach, Red Holzman, told him.
"He taught me that rookies were to sit and listen and learn," Woodson said. "That taught me a valuable lesson I think way back when."
There is basketball and there is business.Sometimes they are one and the same, other times they diverge.Not starting Lin is a poor business decision.Simply put he is the hula hoop on a global level.I don't believe Woodrow has the balls to fycke with Stern and Dolan's money unless he has gotten permission.Then again Dolan is a selfabsorbed idiot so all things are possible.From a b-ball perspective Woodrow is a tradionalist, a conservative.See his own statement above.That's fine excepting Red had Frazier, Monroe, Memminger, Riordan, etc.We have BD, old with a suspect back, Smith who can lift you or bury you in the same quarter Bibby our answer to Methusaleh and TD, the misbegotten man.Woody needs a plan B.If anything Lin is the least of his problems, the kid listens and tries hard.Given time he'll improve either here or somewhere else.Woody's real problem is getting guys who don't/won't play D and refuse to pass the ball to change their stripes.The most underated quality on a successful team is trust whether it is picking up a man on D that is not your own or passing to an open man who is not the scorer you are.The lack of trust is the greatest difference maker between winners and losers.Mj had to learn that, Magic and Bird already knew it.Our "stars" don't trust one another.Our journeymen and rookies do.So start whoever you want, once the blush is off the rose the guys who trust each other will take the fight to the other team.The others will stand around when they're not shooting the ball waiting for their next shot and thinking of excuses why the team isn't winning.God bless us every one.
so will the big business of Lin hinder playing Lin with second unit which is a better fit for his skills?
OK I HAVE A QUESTION!
My cousin is a lebron fan and he thinks lebron shoots better than Novak.
Am I the only one who thinks he is out of his mind?
From Steven A Smiith on ESPN, I wonder who the Knick player was that told this to Smith?
"In Coach's system, the point guard is the man," one Knicks player told me. "He runs the show. So long as Coach is happy with him, the point guard can do whatever the hell he wants, when he wants, to whomever he wants, including the stars. Even if the dude was just in the D-League around Christmas time."
D'Antoni's insatiable appetite for small ball was so addictive, he felt no compunction about minimizing the impact of two stars owed more than $168 million combined in favor of a point guard making less than $1 million. In favor of a system that allowed unknowns to jack up one 3-pointer after another, barely running an offense in the process.
D'Antoni never believed Jeremy Lin shooting the ball more than Stoudemire was a problem. He never fathomed how insulting it was to Anthony for Lin to literally turn away from the Knicks' $85 million forward, refusing at times to give him the ball.
best of Vecsey:
Mockingly, Lin became both D’Antoni’s savior and executioner. He saved his job and that seemingly cost the coach who flip-flopped between Melo and Lin as focal “points” before settling on the learning-on-the-job playmaker.
“Melo is not an ancillary player!” accentuated an NBA head coach. “If he’s not going to be the man then you better have a better man on the firing line. Lin is a good player and will have a decent career, but having Melo off in the corner waiting to get involved is appalling.”
The Knicks keep looking for new revenue streams, you bet, because they need them, need to keep looking profitable. On Wednesday the Knicks made a big marketing deal with Acer, the second Taiwanese company with whom the Knicks have gone into business this season, because of Jeremy Lin. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/james-dolan-ny-knicks-save-face-cover-assets-article-1.1039389#ixzz1pByM1SmP
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TMAN, remeber how were reflecting on the Glory Days not long ago. Woodson's first coach in the NBA was none other than RED. His Collegiate Coach of course SIRBKNIGHT, a displinarian and a Defense first coach, and YOU RUN MY OFFENSE Coach or you sit your AZZ next to me so I can SMACK the SHYTE out of you...LOL
Woodson is Ole School! Run sets that take full advantage of your scorers and those who hoist the BBALL more than others, MUST PLAY D or come sit your AZZ next to me. The supporting Cast play off their Stars and in doing so, ball distribution increases, but in critical moments, you run plays for your Stars, or as Decoys when you really have good 3rd & 4th options like the Championship Knick teams had in their hayday.
The LIL GENERAL colluded big time in creating this LINSANITY BULLSHYTE as MODI, me, and many others understand. Sealing DIDIOT"S Fate knowingly, because his Italian Stubbornness is Legendary. Ask Steve Kerr, the recipient of 5 RINGS. DIDIOT NONE! Now we have blog sites and confused Knick Fans spewing foolishness like JLIN should take most of the shots (NBA Sells more Jerseys); the team should be JLIN'S team (Sell more tickets at higher prices; sell more radio and TV broadcast rights interantionally); Trade MELO and let JLIN be the man, because he won 8 games verses MELO'S hundred's of NBA Wins (create False BUZZ for more impressions on all NBA Revenue Channels and NBA Corporate Partners- I saw the Memo)
LINSANITY has turned into INSANITY... HE may become a decent PG in this league one day; but If he is smart, he will work on his game, learn how to play THE REAL NBA WAY, or he will be reduced to a Shooting Asian Star that Crashed and Burned Stateside for all to see....
JLIN NOT CAREFUL OR DOESN"T ADJUST AND WISE UP, he'll have reason to be emotional, because he'll be SLEEPING ON SOMEBODY ELSES COUCH...Just A QUICK PROFITABLE BLIP ON THE NBA REVENUE SCREEN
So Shall It Be Written, So Shall It Be Done....
Keep it POPPIN
@Tman Isn't Lin still learning the NBA period? Wow! Also, why is it ok for Lin to say Woodson's offense is going to be challenging for him and that Dantoni's offense was perfect for him. When mello says its a sacrifice to him, to fit in Dantoni's offense, then he's a malcontent, diva, he's pouting, he's not a team player, etc...
@Cooleyhigh I'm with you.Rookies sit, learn and are used as needed.Forget about Lin, he'll be fine and develop.He's had a bullseye on his head for a while and dealt with it okay.It's adapt or begone for everyone.
The bigger problem is how much respect Woody gets.His history in Atlanta was decent, he played his stars, but he couldn't really get their attention until the playoffs.They actually did well in those and seemed to help him keep his job every year with a playoff push.Their record improved a little every year but it was ultimately Fool's Gold and he got canned.Why should Melo and Amare listen any harder than Josh Smith and co.?They played O&D when it suited them.I like Woody, liked him at Indiana U, liked him with the Knicks and liked him through his journeyman career in the league.His coaching lacked something, guys were not always listening.However I wish him us, Carmelo, Amare, Lin and even Mike D well.Always appreciated Bobby Knight, but all these Indiana connections make me nervous.I hope it is just me, but I doubt it.