From LinSanity to Plain Insanity to Possibly PhilSanity?

By Jerald Levon Hoover BASN Staff Writer
Updated: March 17, 2012

Mike D’Antoni

Mike D’Antoni

NEW YORK, NY (BASN) – Leave it to the New York Knicks for making things even non basketball court things exciting. The up and down season took another turn (or shall we say another nodding or shaking of the head) with the resignation of head coach Mike D’Antoni. Some believe that D’Antoni was forced out, but owner James Dolan was clear and emphatic that he was shocked and stunned when the news was brought to him that D’Antoni was stepping.

It was clear and present that D’Antoni’s locker room was split and almost in half. His style of offense can be fun but without true attention to detail is that really a winning or championship formula? If the team is having an awful shooting night but the pace of the game is fast, the other team is scoring but you’re not, what does that amount to? Quite a few players enjoy this style, and why not? If you’re a player (at the end of his contract ala Steve Novak) that can pad on his stats with a big year shooting and scoring the ball this offense and style is just what the doctor ordered.

One thing is for certain, a change or radical adjustment needed to be made. It’s been long rumored that Carmelo Anthony and D’Antoni didn’t see eye to eye. And with the sudden emergence of Jeremy Lin and the whole LinSanity thing and the fact that Lin saved the coach’s job there was a since of loyalty and privilege that is usually given to ‘star’ players.

Things like that are usually recipes for disaster. Hence one reason why the coach stepped down, he as Amar’e Stoudemire admitted, “didn’t feel that everyone bought in to his philosophy.” But, D’Antoni isn’t without his own faults in all of this. His stubbornness and coldness towards certain players that he’s not on the same page with is legendary, see the files of, Stephon Marbury, Nate Robinson, Amar’e Stoudemire (while the two were in Phoenix).

Coach Mike Woodson has taken over and it seems as if he’s gotten the attention of those that need it the most, his stars. But, now the Phil Jackson watch will be on. Jackson who is retired is said to have a keen interest in the Knicks job. But, that would depend on how Woodson does for the rest of the season and the Playoffs.

KNICK NOTES: Since the coaching change, the Knicks’ attention to defensive detail has been incredible. When most teams that were hitting shots early would score 30 points in the first quarter alone, the past two teams, Portland Trailblazers and Indiana Pacers couldn’t score 30 points between. The Pacers 14 and Blazers 12 points.