On Wednesday, the Knicks announced the resignation of Coach Mike D’Antoni. After six losses in a row and dropping from the 8th to the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference, there was immense pressure on the Knicks organization to make changes with the impending trade deadline, the head coach would be the first to fall.
While D’Antoni may have taken the blame, the real question on the mind of every fan is, “who is really at fault?” The most common speculations are as follows:
- Carmelo Anthony: His isolation plays disrupt the fast paced offensive schemes of Mike D’Antoni that has been so successful during the Linsanity era.
- Amare Stoudemire: His defense has been horrible and even his offense is subpar considering how much he’s being paid.
- Jeremy Lin: Opposing teams have figured him out and have adjusted to his style of play, limiting his productivity.
- Injuries: Tyson Chandler, Jared Jefferies, and Iman Shumpert have all missed a few games in the past few weeks. All three are critical defensive players to the Knicks team.
- Mike D’Antoni: He failed to properly adapt and include the many new players into the team after the Linsanity win streak.