Wednesday, March 14, 2012

[Sports]: D'Antoni out as Knicks coach, NBA confirms he Resigns


Mike D'Antoni is out as head coach of the New York Knicks, according to multiple reports.

A source told the website it was a "mutual decision" between D'Antoni and the Knicks' front office.

The news comes after reports indicated Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony was unhappy with D'Antoni as the team's coach.

Assistant coach Mike Woodson will take over the team on an interim basis Yahoo! Sports reported.
Earlier Wednesday, Anthony denied reports that said he wanted to leave New York if the team was unwilling to part ways with D'Antoni before next season.

"Let's nip it in the bud right now," Anthony said after the team's morning shootaround, according to the New York Post. "I'm tired of hearing it. It came out this morning. I guess an anonymous source. I'm tired of anonymous sources. I don't want to be traded. I don't know where that foolishness came from."

The Post earlier reported that Anthony's discontent with the Knicks organization had become so severe after Monday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls, he told a confidant he preferred to be traded before Thursday's trade deadline.

The star forward dismissed the report, adding that he and D'Antoni had spoken to clear the air.

"It was, win tonight and not listen to what's said out there about all the trade talks, stuff about him, stuff about me," Anthony said of his conversation with D'Antoni.

D'Antoni, 60, was in his fourth season with the Knicks. He took New York to the playoffs last season for the first time in his tenure, but was swept in the first round by the Celtics. He previously had head coaching stints in Denver and Phoenix

The Knicks — losers of six straight — have fallen out of a playoff spot, as the Milwaukee Bucks own the tiebreaker on the eighth spot.

Source: NBA

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