NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Maybe there’s a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
Mike D’Antoni decided Wednesday he wasn’t that guy. He then resigned, surprising even his bosses.
So what’s next?
The Knicks could decide to stick with interim head coach Mike Woodson, who led the Knicks to a 121-79 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden.
Perhaps a call will go out to Phil Jackson or John Calipari. The latter, preparing his top-seeded Wildcats for the NCAA tournament, wrote on Twitter that he was committed to Kentucky.
“As I’ve said before, I have the greatest job in basketball at any level. Why would I be interested in another job?” Calipari tweeted.
He added in a follow-up post: “I love being the coach of the commonwealth’s team. To … all the recruits that are coming or want to come, I will be at Kentucky.”
Calipari reaffirmed that commitment at a press conference in Louisville.
“Every job that’s open, including high school jobs and AAU jobs, my name is mentioned,” he said. “But I just wanted to say I have a great job. The best in this profession.”
Woodson, the former Atlanta Hawks coach who was hired this summer, is a longtime friend of interim general manager Glen Grunwald and former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas. Team owner James Dolan said Woodson understood he would be evaluated at the end of the season.
Never able to duplicate his success in Phoenix, D’Antoni was headed to his third losing season since signing a $24 million, four-year contract in 2008 that made him one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches. He never won a playoff game in New York, where the Knicks were focused on the future during his first two years and made numerous changes that didn’t give him much of a chance to compete.
But they spent big this season, bringing in Tyson Chandler to play between Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, while adding players such as Baron Davis and J.R. Smith during the season.
Woodson, who favors the isolation offense that Anthony has thrived in, said there would be some changes, but didn’t elaborate. Dolan expects them to pay off.
“The season is not over and this team can still be the team that our fans hope it can be,” he said.
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