D'Antoni's Resignation: A Depressing Inevitability
A brief summary of the Knicks' recent history A.I. (After Isiah) goes as follows:
-Mike D'Antoni hired May 13, 2008
-Knicks in a two-year tanking period to get Lebron (Exit Z-Bo, Starbury, Crawford and more)....they don't get Lebron
-Knicks improve under D'Antoni's system: Felton, Gallo, Amar'e, Wilson Chandler, Landry, etc.
-Melodrama-->the arrival of Carmelo
-Knicks struggle adjusting to playing with Melo
-Brief playoff appearance
-Knicks struggle with injuries, ineffectiveness to open the season
-Linsanity (8-1) brings Knicks back to respectability
-Melo's return from injury runs over the success of Linsanity (3-8 as of this post)
-D'Antoni resigns March 14, 2012
D'Antoni found consistent success with the Suns because of a Hall of Fame point guard (Steve Nash) running a specific system with a bunch of athletes and shooters who played much better in that specifc system with that specific point guard.
Here's why Linsanity was so interesting and entertaining: for just a brief two weeks--once Lin was inserted into the lineup and Melo was out with an injured groin--D'Antoni's Knicks looked like his old Suns. Lin drove, Lin dished, Lin made other players better. The Knicks moved the ball and were a fun team to watch. They won 8 of 9 and returned to .500.
D'Antoni's system is not an isolation, superstar-centric system. The Knicks have recently made a lot of moves as questionable as those of the Isiah Thomas era. To me, if you hire a coach known for running a point guard-initiated fast-flowing offense, you don't go out and get the biggest ball stopper there is! Melo does not dish like Lin can, and he does not make his teammates better like Lin does. While "Coming Home" by Diddy Dirty Money may have been a catchy tune for Melo's return to his hometown of NYC, it grew old with every post on Facebook and every Melo 30-footer or lapse in defense.
D'Antoni was burdened with Melo, the high pressure of New York fans, and even the New York Post's hounding criticism. It became apparent that his resignation (or eventual firing) was inevitable. It is my belief that D'Antoni is a fantastic coach (albeit solely an offensive coach) when he has the correct tools: a) A Front Office to give him full support with draft picks, signings, and trades that fit his system, b) players that buy into that system, and c) a fan base that does not overreact to failures to live up to incredible expectations. In the end, D'Antoni had none of the three, and was pressured into accepting the Melo trade and then into resigning. He deserved better. Now the Knicks will go as far as Melo can take them on his lazy shoulders.
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