Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Breaking News: Mike D’Antoni resigns as Knicks coach

Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, ending his turbulent four-season stay with the franchise.

D’Antoni and Knicks owner James Dolan agreed on Wednesday for D’Antoni to end his stay with the Knicks, a source said. “It was a mutual decision to no longer coach the Knicks … conflicting visions of the club’s future,” the source said.

“He clearly felt it was best for the organization if he were not to continue as coach of the team. He did offer to stay,” Dolan said at a brief news conference before the Knicks’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night. “After a long discussion, we did agree it was best for the organization to have new voice moving forward.”

D’Antoni had clashed with Carmelo Anthony after the trade brought the All-Star forward to the Knicks a year ago, and he could never get Anthony to buy into his system.

The Knicks have lost six consecutive games to nearly drop out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Assistant Mike Woodson, who formerly coached the Atlanta Hawks, will take over as the interim coach.

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