Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks.
D’Antoni’s resignation was first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. The coach’s agent, Warren LeGarie, told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the parting was “a mutual decision” because D’Antoni and the franchise have “conflicting views of the Knicks’ future.”
The Knicks (18-24) have hit a tailspin in the last two weeks, losing six straight and seven of eight to fall six games below .500 and into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
New York had high expectations coming into this season with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler on the roster. After struggling through the first six weeks, though, the Knicks went 8-1 in a nine-game stretch in mid-February on the strength of point guard Jeremy Lin, who electrified both the fan base and his teammates after being claimed off waivers in late December.
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