I hate change, so I'm sad to see Mike D'Antoni depart as the Knicks' coach. My first reaction was to blame Knicks' owner James Dolan, who's been meddling with the general manager and coaching decisions for way too long. Brilliant GM Donnie Walsh left this year because he couldn't work with Dolan, who is ultimately responsible for the sad state of affairs the Knicks currently find themselves in. That said, it's the coach's job to work with what the management gives him in personnel. While it is clear that Knicks super-star Carmelo Anthony didn't fit in well with the post-Linsanity system -- the Knicks have been losing consistently since his return to the lineup; he was out with an injury when Jeremy Lin took over to such dramatic success -- D'Antoni's style of moving the ball did not work well with Anthony. Trying to make the proverbial square peg fit in the round hole was not working. So now it's assistant coach Mike Woodson's turn to see if his system works better with the talent he has on hand, which everyone agrees is substantial and should be winning more games. Better yet, how nice would it be if Phil Jackson came out of retirement to coach the Kincks, where he once played. His triangle offense could really work well with Knicks' talent.
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