It was all good just a couple of weeks ago…
After a 7 game winning streak where everyone and their grand kids thought of unique ways to use Jeremy Lin’s name was snapped, folks were wondering out loud if Mike D’Antoni’s (121-167 in NY) days coaching the Knicks were numbered. Well in what is being called a mutual decision, D’Antoni and the Knicks have parted ways. Former Atlanta Hawk head coach Mike Woodson, of the Larry Brown coaching tree, takes over on an interim basis. He has 24 games to turn the season around. The now 18-24 Knicks clawed back into Atlantic Division contention, centered around Lin’s meteoric shocking of the NBA scene, but losing 8-10 in New York changed everything. Interesting is the timing considering D’Antoni had 24 games left in the last year of his contract. You will hear many say D’Antoni’s departure has everything to do with Carmelo Anthony….
I’m sure D’Antoni had reservations bringing Anthony into the fold because of his perceived skill set, but are D’Antoni’s teams known for playing any defense consistently? The Knicks were giving up 111 points a game. You can’t win in the NBA giving up that many points…especially in the Eastern Conference. Was dissension the cause? Was it the pressure of Gotham City? The Eastern Conference?
Jeremy Lin hit a wall after that 8-1 top of the world stretch pick and roll bobbin’ and weavin’. He has an entire continent watching his every move outside of the States and granting a crazy number of phone interviews as well as public appearances would wear anyone down. It’s to the point folks want Baron Davis to run the show with Lin coming off the bench. I wish him well, but would anyone be surprised if Lin is on wall street next year wowing the financial district as he did the NBA?
Did Mike D’Antoni have the parts he needs to fun and gun? No his team was traded away for Carmelo Anthony. Who should have been the one to adapt? D’Antoni had to find out a way to communicate with Melo and he didn’t. Once the locker room is lost, it’s a wrap. Of course we all know Melo’s name will definitely be dragged through NBA mud as well (ks said it for all of us here). It’s been said more than once that once Melo came in, D’Antoni was on his way out. Under Woodson, The New York Knicks offense will spike. Melo will have the ball more. So will Amar’e Stoudemire. Defense will be more of a priority. There will be a lot of isolation. What are your thoughts on Melo and or Stat? Stephen A. Smith says Melo did not ask for a trade. He is not without blame here as well. This team again, shouldn’t be six games under .500 in a season most thought the Knicks would contend for the Eastern Conference crown.
Philly is playing well. Boston is maintaining and New York seems to have fallen off a cliff. What will be the result? Are the Knicks a playoff team by season’s end?