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Off With His Head

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned.

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1 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 1:49 pm

he quit, so I don't have to feel an ounce of guilt in saying good riddance. Deadspin summed things up perfectly this morning:

Work through the argument here: Mike D'Antoni doesn't care about defense. But Amar'e Stoudemire can't execute Mike D'Antoni's defense, because he's too familiar with playing in D'Antoni's defensive system, which is non-defensive. Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, refuses to play defense, which proves that he can't coexist with his coach (who doesn't care about defense). And the rest of the team, because Carmelo takes bad shots on the other end, refuses to play the defense that Mike D'Antoni doesn't coach.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:12 pm

1) Jack Dickey wrote that at Deadspin. Nice job.

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:14 pm

[2] yes, I should've credited my bad. Very talented kid, and he is a kid. I believe he's still an undergrad.

4 rbj   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:25 pm

Dang, Freddy Garcia got hit on the hand by a line drive.

5 NoamSane   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:30 pm

Paging Mr. Jackson. Mr. Phil Jackson. Please come to the Red Emergency Batphone, sometime between now and August. Thank you.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:34 pm

4) Yeah, I heard that about Freddy. Drag.

5) Not sure why Phil Jackson would want to come out of retirement to work for a Dolan. It makes sense for Knicks fans but for Phil, I'm not sure why he'd do it.

7 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:34 pm

Remember that "is NYC a basketball town?" convo from a few weeks back? Trending on Twitter right now:

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8 NoamSane   ~  Mar 14, 2012 2:48 pm

[6] Because he wants to win in NY, cement his rep as the best NBA coach ever, prove that he can Zen Master-style outmaneuver any idiot owner that he might have to put up with? You're probably right. He probably would never come out of retirement to work under J. Dolan. It's not impossible though that he misses the spotlight, etc.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 3:03 pm

8) That's true about the ego. You never know. Not sure he needs to cement anything though. But he's not a slam dunk as G.O.A.T. The other thing is that while the Knicks have some talent, it's not like Melo-Amare and company are like Kobe-Shaq.

And the Knicks are such a headache ownership-wise. I mean, it'd be great fun if PJ came back to town, but I don't see it.

10 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 3:12 pm

I can definitely see Phil wanting to take a shot at this. There IS talent on this roster, it is flawed but in the right hands it can be molded into a serious contender. I really believe that.

All you gotta do is listen to Phil talk about Red Holzman for 5 minutes to realize he thinks about MSG.

11 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 3:38 pm

What about Coach Cal? (plugs ears to protect myself from the screams)

12 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 3:40 pm

[11] Isola, who is probably LOVING this right now, has been pushing the Coach Cal stuff for weeks.

13 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 3:49 pm

12) Double Oy. Cal is worse than Bobby V...

14 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 3:57 pm

I just will never understand why the onus was always on the players to adjust to a system that had never won ANYTHING, and never on the coach to tailor the game plan to the strengths of his roster.

15 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 4:01 pm

meanwhile, knee-jerk reactionary shit like this makes me want to yell at a baby


16 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 14, 2012 7:58 pm

[15] Totally. Melo won a championship in college and was THE man on the Olympic team..other players respect his game.

Good riddance, D'Antoni.

17 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Mar 14, 2012 9:39 pm

The casual linsanity band wagon Knick fan does not like Melo. D'Antoni was doomed, and I can't really tell if he is good or not. Bring back Isaiah...hah.

How do we fire the owner?

18 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2012 12:47 am

How do you fire the owner? Figure out a way to shut down his main source of revenue... Which unfortunately will likely never happen in this case until one of the satellite services figures out a way to provide omnidirectional, all-weather TV and internet service to anyone anywhere. Either that or get a bigger billionaire to buy out his company and THEN fire him...

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