We have just found out that Mike D’Antoni has resigned as the New York Knicks head coach. Although it is a tough time for the D’Antoni family, it is about time the front-office made this move. D’Antoni is no doubt an offensive maestro, but his coaching style was not fitting well with the team and this decision should have been made a long time ago.
His coaching philosophy requires a star point guard, forward and a bunch of role players who can light it up from the field. On top of that, D’Antoni had sub-par defensive schemes, and although the Knicks won some games with their offense, they had trouble beating the upper echelon teams. The Knicks could not defend players well enough and that resulted in post-season absences.
Watching a team run up and down the court is fun to watch, but no way does it win championships. The Knicks have been mediocre for quite some time and it did not make much sense to stick with a coach who seemed to care more about scoring then locking down an opponent.
In D’Antoni’s time with the Knicks (2008-2012), he had a .420 winning percentage, zero 5o-win season and playoff wins and only one playoff appearance.
The Knicks will ride out Mike Woodson for the remainder of the season, but they must look for another coach who has proven himself in the NBA. Although Phil Jackson may be a too big of a stretch, adding a coach like Jerry Sloan is a viable action.