D’Antoni Quits the Slumping New York Knicks


Datwon Thomas / March 14, 2012

With the New York Knicks on a six game losing streak (18-24) and Linsanity being downgraded to sane levels, troubled coach of the storied NBA franchise is bowing out as gracefully as possible. Mike D’Antoni, coach of the NY Knicks since the 2008-2009 season, is walking away from the high profile, yet high-stress position. ESPN reports via Yahoo! Sports:

Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, sources confirmed to ESPN Wednesday.

D’Antoni’s resignation was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

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.

Read more as the story develops here at ESPN.