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New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni resigns

Mike D’Antoni has resigned as head coach of the Knicks, a result of a season-long struggle to find common ground with Carmelo Anthony, the franchise star.

D’Antoni made the decision official in a meeting Wednesday afternoon with James L. Dolan, the Madison Square Garden chairman, and Glen Grunwald, the interim general manager.

Mike Woodson, who joined the coaching staff last summer — and was viewed as the emergency replacement, if necessary — will coach the Knicks on Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Woodson previously coached the Atlanta Hawks.

D’Antoni’s decision was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Two of D’Antoni’s assistants, his brother Dan and Phil Weber, are also resigning. Woodson will be assisted by the two holdovers, Kenny Atkinson and Herb Williams.

A person with close ties to Mike D’Antoni said that D’Antoni initiated Wednesday’s meeting with Dolan and that the decision to step down “was absolutely Mike’s.”


 

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