Mike D’Antoni Out As Knicks Coach
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In a shocking move, Mike D’Antoni stepped down as head coach of the New York Knicks on Wednesday afternoon, sources close to the situation confirm. During D’Antoni’s three and a half seasons in New York, the Knicks went 119-167 record and made the playoffs just once.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the news that D’Antoni had resigned. Sources in New York had said that D’Antoni lost the locker room and many of the team’s veterans had turned on him. In the 24 hours leading up to D’Antoni’s departure, sources said that the team would make a choice to keep either D’Antoni or Carmelo Anthony. As is often the case in the NBA, the superstar won out.
Legendary coaches such as Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan have been mentioned as possible replacements, but Knicks assistant coach Mike Woodson will serve as the team’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season.