Wednesday, March 14, 2012

D'Antoni out, Woodson in

Sources are reporting that New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni has resigned. Controversy has been swirling around the Knicks and has amplified this week as they have, again, started to struggle with Carmelo Anthony return to the line-up. Nobody really saw this move coming, at least not this soon, but it is not surprising. Reports yesterday said that D'Antoni had lost the locker room and his relationship with Carmelo Anthony had continued to sour. D'Antoni had denied these rumors. Either way the Knicks had been playing extremely poor and the team atmosphere was dire.

D'Antoni had also been undermined by the front office by bringing in players like Anthony whom he reportedly did not want. The Knicks also brought on current head coach Mike Woodson as a defensive coordinator role which may have weakened D'Antoni position as head coach. Perhaps the breaking point was earlier today when rumors came out that Anthony wanted a trade. Anthony has now denied these trade rumors but they added to the tumultuous atmosphere in the Knicks' locker room.

Mike Woodson will take over as head coach and it will be interesting to see how he is able to handle the Knicks' roster. Woodson is a defensive minded coach and the Knicks' are built around they're offensive players. It will also be interesting to see if the Knicks do end up dealing Anthony.

The Knicks play tonight in Madison Square Garden against the Portland Trailblazers hoping to break their six game losing streak.


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