The Mike D'Antoni era is officially over in New York City.
The coach's resignation was first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, and his agent, Warren LeGarie, told ESPN's Ric Bucher that the parting was a "mutual decision," because D'Antoni and the Knicks have "conflicting views of the Knicks' future."
It looked like the Knicks' season was saved last month after the emergence of Jeremy Lin. The team went on a tear, winning eight out of nine games; without Carmelo Anthony during that spread. Lately, since Anthony's return, the Knicks have lost six in a row, and seven of their last eight to fall to 18-24 on the season.
At this point, a playoff birth could be in serious jeopardy. Many have been blaming Carmelo's lack of play, and not D'Antoni's coaching.
The New York Post reported in Wednesday's editions that Anthony would like to be traded, but he denied those rumors at the team's shoot-around. The report also stated that Anthony was unhappy because he believed D'Antoni and general manager Glen Grunwald don't trust him. Anthony denied that talk as well.
"I don't want to be traded," Anthony said Wednesday morning. "I don't know where that foolishness came from, so let's put a cap on that and make (sure) this the last time I hear about that."
Even with D'Antoni now out as head coach, it is still unclear whether or not Anthony could be traded. With the trade deadline on Thursday, we will know soon enough.
Mike Woodson will serve as interim coach.
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