Amid a stretch of games that have seen the New York Knicks drop 6 straight, Head Coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
D’Antoni was in the final year of a 4-year deal that has seen the Knicks fail to live up to the promises that came with his signing.
Even after acquiring Amare Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony at points of the 2010/2011 season, the Knicks failed to exit the first round of the playoffs.
This year, after an awful start, the emergence of Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin saw the Knicks reel of 6 straight wins, all without Anthony, and it was believe D’Antoni’s job was safe for the year. The return of Anthony has seen the team struggle to find an identity because of the necessity to get Carmelo his shots. Lin had been the primary scorer in his absence. The Knicks currently sit 9th in the East at 18-24.
Rumours have swirled over the last week or so that players in the Knicks room has began tuning him out and players, like Carmelo Anthony have slowly become more vocal about their frustrations.
D’Antoni finishes his Knicks career with a 121-167.
Assistant coach Mike Woodson is expected to take over on an interim basis until a permanent coach is found.