NY Knicks: Mike D’Antoni (Coach)
Why this is a big quit:
D’Antoni is an experienced coach who served several teams in NBA during his career. Before joining NY Knicks in 2008, he once won the NBA Coach of the Year award. A 10-5 run during the “Linsanity” insanity catapulted him and the team into the spotlight and talk of a championship run. However, after a winless six March games, D’Antoni and the 18/24 Knicks seemed to have conflicting visions of the club’s future. D’Antoni made the decision to resign before the season ended amid continued questions about the clash between him and Carmelo Anthony. His recent hiring to lead the LA Lakers illustrates the potential impact of former employees leaving for the competition.
Why it’s not as big as our Top 10:
The Knicks did not perform as well as expected for most seasons under D’Antoni. In addition to a poor relationship with Carmelo Anthony, there are reasons to believe that he resigned because he’s frustrated with not being capable of improving performance, or that management was too. It will not likely set the team back to have a new person taking a new approach with the Knicks.