Mike D'Antoni has resigned as New York Knicks coach, a source tells Y! Sports.
The Knicks have added Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and discovered Jeremy Lin in the past 18 months or so -- and yet they're currently tied for eighth place in the East, in danger of missing the playoffs in a conference that only has seven teams over .500. Clearly the Knicks are underachieving. Is it D'Antoni's fault that the pieces are ill-fitting or that Stoudemire is nowhere near the player he once was? No, but it's easier to fire the coach than to fire the players.
Now, consider this. D'Antoni averaged 58 wins in four full seasons in Phoenix, with a team built around Steve Nash and Stoudemire. Those teams would likely have been to at least two NBA Finals were it not for some poorly timed injuries and suspensions. Chris Paul is very similar to Steve Nash, and I've always thought of Blake Griffin as a pre-microfracture surgery Amare with a better work ethic. What could Mike D'Antoni do with this Clippers team? How much of an upgrade would D'Antoni be over Vinny Del Negro? It's true that LA's current problems are more on the defensive side and that's not D'Antoni's strength, but he certainly seems like a good fit for the personnel based on his success in Phoenix.